Council wants ‘innovative ideas’ to secure funding and boost jobs on the coast

Big ideas are needed from people in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea to help secure substantial government funding.
Big ideas are needed from people in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea to help secure substantial government funding.

Lincolnshire County Council is looking for ‘innovative ideas’ from Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea to help secure thousands of pounds of grant funding.

The Government announced last week that it intended to pledge a further £90million nationally to kick-start the revival of coastal communities, potentially creating opportunities for new businesses and much-needed jobs.

The announcement was made by Greg Clark, Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, who is responsible for the Coastal Communities Fund.

County Councillor Colin Davie welcomed the announcement and believes it could deliver a significant boost for communities like Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea.

Along with other coastal communities, they will be able to bid for funding for projects that help towns and villages grow their economies and reduce unemployment and deprivation.

Coun Davie, executive councillor for Economic Development, said he would like to hear from town councils and local community groups about their ideas. He is hoping both towns could benefit from large amounts of funding.

Coun Davie said: “We are a council looking for ambitious ideas to be brought forward rather than re-working old ideas that will end up being unsuccessful.

“I want to see ideas and plans that are different, unique and innovative.

“It’s not about what I want or what the council wants, it’s all about what the people of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea want.

“What could you think up that would make a statement about the place that would attract more visitors and benefit the communities as a whole?

“I would love to hear from the local town council and any local community groups.

“What would work in these two towns that would help to boost the economy and bring more jobs into town?

“This is an amazing opportunity and I am looking to take forward one or two really big ideas that would end up being a flagship bid that the whole county would benefit from.”