Blackpool Illuminations

Five seaside projects share £4m

Blackpool, Morecambe Bay, South Ribble, Furness and Copeland are among the coastal areas across England to benefit from a £36m programme.

The following projects in Lancashire and Cumbria were successful with their applications to the Coastal Communities Fund.

  • Blackpool City Council, £1.9m to create new visitor experience around Blackpool Illuminations. LightPool will bring new light shows, events and features into the town centre, including digital mapping projections onto the iconic Blackpool Tower.
  • Morecambe Bay Partnership, £297,500 to improve visitor facilities and create a cycle way with electric bikes, café and visitor centre at Sandy Gap on Walney Island, near Barrow-in-Furness, bringing a derelict building back into use
  • South Ribble Council, £131,700 to regenerate an under-used stretch of Ribble coastline near Preston, with a village market and events at Longton and Western Parishes, increased car parking, signage and amenities
  • Furness Enterprise, £864,890 for business support and training to improve the capability of supply chains of local companies, allowing them to take advantage of future business opportunities
  • Copeland Council, £900,990 to improve the local cultural offer and benefit tourism by developing the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven, Cumbria to include a conference and learning centre

The Coastal Communities Fund was created in 2012 to invest in seaside towns to help them achieve their economic potential, reduce unemployment and create new opportunities for young people in their local area. Today's announcement brings the total of the Coastal Communities Fund spending to £116m across the UK, funding 211 projects.

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