Support for new coastal initiative

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Lewes District Council have prepared a bid to turn the ‘Impact Seaford’ regeneration project into a Coastal Community Team with support from Newhaven Town Council.

The Government’s Coastal Community Teams initiative is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations, businesses and the community to ensure that projects are delivered with maximum benefit for the area.

Each team will be allocated a grant to establish the group and produce an economic plan for their area.

Lewes District Council is supporting the initiative and will submit a bid to form a Coastal Community Team for Seaford and Newhaven.

Maria Caulfield MP said: “I am delighted the District Council is becoming involved with the initiative and I am sure it will have a positive effect on the regeneration work that is already under way.”

The initiative further highlights the Government’s commitment to developing coastal communities, as can be seen in the Newhaven Growth Quarter project on Denton Island, which is being funded through a £1.9 million Coastal Communities Fund grant.

In March 2015, the Department for Communities and Local Government published a document inviting groups to establish themselves as Coastal Community Teams.

It states: “Coastal cities, towns and villages are an extremely important part of the country, providing a major contribution to the economy and our national identity.

“In recent years, coastal communities have faced unique challenges. The Government is committed to supporting coastal places to help their economies to grow and to support them to reduce unemployment and deprivation.

“Local partnerships with an in-depth knowledge of their area, successfully working together with their local authority and others, can help to make coastal areas even better places to live and work.”

The overall aims of Coastal Community Teams are to encourage greater local partnership working in coastal areas, establish a network of teams across England who can work together and with the Government to tackle issues facing coastal communities, and encourage the sustainable use of heritage and cultural assets to provide a focus for community activities and enhanced economic opportunities.

Coastal Community Teams can apply for £10,000 of grant funding and money from a £3m capital revival fund.

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