The Government has awarded £10m towards 11 coastal projects, including Blackpool’s Amuseum, visitor attractions along Morecambe Bay, upgrading Fleetwood Market, and the creation of an Arts Village in Hoylake.
The investment in the North West is made up of £9.8m from the fifth round of the Coastal Communities Fund and almost £224,000 from the third phase of the Coastal Revival Fund.
Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire, said: “I am determined to support investment and development of our coastal communities across the North West and create an economy that works for everyone as we prepare for Brexit and beyond.
“All of the ambitious projects receiving funding today were designed and developed by local people who know what will make the biggest difference to their areas.
“The sheer range of ideas demonstrate the potential of our coastal communities and will all create good jobs, boost growth and improve people’s lives now and in the future.”
Projects in the North West receiving funding include:
The Amuseum, Blackpool City Council, Lancashire
£1.75m awarded towards a £11.42m project to deliver the Amuseum, telling the story of Blackpool and its role in the development of British popular entertainment and the seaside holiday
Connecting Cumbria’s Hidden Coast, Copeland Council, Cumbria
£1.06m awarded towards a £1.72m project to improve visitor infrastructure, facilities and activities along Cumbria’s ‘hidden’ coast, to create visitor demand and enhance the coastal destination offer
The Beacon Arts Village, Hylgar Properties, Hoylake
£3.64m awarded to refurbish and modernise a disused Victorian town hall in Hoylake and associated derelict land to form a cinema and creative office space, including a café, bar and community hub to link the old town hall to new creative studio/ retail units. Also £37,500 from the Coastal Revival Fund
Morecambe Winter Gardens, Lancaster City Council, Morecambe
£96,550 awarded to refurbish the heating system in the Winter Gardens Theatre in Morecambe to make it more comfortable in the winter for visitors to attend shows and events
Experience Morecambe Bay, South Lakeland Council, Cumbria
£2.35m awarded towards a £5.55m project to create visitor attractions along Morecambe Bay including marketing the new attractions, routes and experiences to visitors
Joining Up the Wyre Coastline Economy, Wyre Council, Lancashire
£772,000 awarded towards a £1.22m project to link the coastal economies of Cleveleys and Fleetwood by strengthening ties between key visitor attractions using digital signage and app. Project includes the refurbishment and modernisation of Fleetwood Market to create units and pop up stalls and space for start-up businesses. £49,500 from the Coastal Revival Fund to support reviving the historical assets