Mablethorpe in for a slice of £24million seaside grant?

Mablethorpe could receive a slice of �24million worth of government funding to boost seaside towns.
Mablethorpe could receive a slice of �24million worth of government funding to boost seaside towns.

MABLETHORPE’S economy could be boosted by a multi-million Government funding package which aims to save the seasides.

The £23.7million Coastal Communities Fund is intended to breathe life into ailing assets and boost emerging industries within coastal areas through innovative new projects.

Charities, groups and local businesses can apply for a share of between £50,000 and £2million.

The project has been launched by the Treasury’s chief secretary Danny Alexander along with communities secretary Eric Pickles.

The latter said the huge potential for growth that seaside towns offer is ‘too good to waste’.

“This fund can make all the difference to these places we all know and love,” said Mr Pickles.

“This is a great opportunity for long overlooked seaside towns, large and small, to grab a chance to grow through imaginative and innovative projects that create skilled workers, and provide year round jobs.”

The UK-wide project will be financed by the government’s Crown Estate marine assets and delivered by the Big Lottery Fund.

Applicants will have to show the money will help create and support jobs and growth in the long term via modern local projects.

East Lindsey District Council’s portfolio holder for the economy, Coun Craig Leyland, said: “I am delighted the government is supporting coastal resorts with a funding package totalling almost £24m and we need to put forward proposals that benefit our area.

“We will be working closely with the local community to seek opportunities to put forward a range of exciting and important projects that help to address the economic issues we face in our district.”

To find out more, visit the project’s website at www.goo.gl/jovrX.

What community projects would you like to see which could benefit the town? Email sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk.