raises hopes of economy boost for Burnham-On-Sea
government minister has today raised hopes that Burnham-On-Sea
could benefit from a new £23.7m government fund aimed at
boosting the economy of seaside towns across the UK.
a visit to Highbridge's Oak Tree Arena this morning for a business
breakfast, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander (pictured)
said Burnham could be one of the towns benefiting from the initiative.
Coastal Communities Fund has been created to provide struggling
coastal communities with money to rejuvenate them.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com that seaside groups could use the money
to start programmes that can deliver skills training, offer apprenticeships
to school leavers, create new workspaces or support small-scale
applicants can expect to get a grant of between £50,000
and £2million. Bids are being encouraged from social enterprises,
charities, local businesses and local enterprise partnerships.
Alexander said: "Having grown up in a coastal community in
Scotland, I am only too aware of the vital role these communities
play in the UK. It is fair that we share the Crown Estate's marine
have taken half the revenues that the Crown Estate gets from its
revenue in offshore marine activities and are making that available
for local communities to bid into."
would really urge places like Burnham to get involved with it
because the fund is specifically targeted at coastal communities
where there are problems in the economy. Hopefully it can be a
real help in communities like this."
how he sees the money being used in Burnham, he said: "That
is not up to me - it is up to local organisations for how they
use funds in Burnham."
am not going to dictate from Whitehall what should happen in Burnham.
Local community organisations and authorities should work out
for themselves what they want to see and put together high quality
bids. The best bids will get the money."
look forward to receiving innovative bids from charities, businesses,
social enterprises and local organisations, which support the
economic development of the community."
A prospectus setting out the eligibility and suggestions of how
to use funds and details of how to bid is available here.
Applications will be accepted in April.
MP Tessa Munt added she would be "doing everything possible"
to ensure funding comes to Burnham.
Alexander met business leaders during the event at the Oak Tree
Arena and also visited several businesses in the area.
also discussed the county's broadband push, recently covered here
by Burnham-On-Sea.com, and encouraged businesses to sign up.