Town in with chance of £10k coastal grant
PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 July 2015
(c) Adam Gault
Clevedon Town Council has applied for a £10,000 grant to help ‘unlock the potential’ of the area.
The council agreed at a meeting last week to create a coastal community team as part of a new Government-backed project designed to boost the economy in seaside towns.
The Government is providing more than £1million to set up 110 of these teams across the country to deal with economic challenges and develop a strategy for future success.
The Clevedon team would be made up of representatives from a number of community groups as well as members of the town council.
Paula Heath, Clevedon Town Council clerk, said: “I have spoken to organisations including Marlens and the pier, all of them have expressed an interest. We are also likely to approach the chamber of trade and other groups.”
Jane Geldart, the town council’s vice-chairman, added: “We could use any money to help with enhancing the look and feel of the town as a whole and also provide extra facilities for the community.”
If the team receives the £10,000 grant it would then be eligible to apply for part of a £3million coastal revival fund to support or restore facilities which will benefit the wider community.
Mark Francois, coastal communities minister, said: “Unlocking the potential of our seaside towns is a priority for this government and securing the economic recovery in all parts of the country.
“We want communities to drive forward their vision, harness local expertise and make the most of their local heritage to create jobs, unleash business opportunities and boost the local economy.
“The creation of a coastal community team will be a catalyst for change and help secure the future of our seaside towns. I urge seaside towns to come forward and take this opportunity.”
It is hoped the creation of the coastal community team will allow the council, businesses and charitable organisations to work together for the benefit of the town. The application deadline was yesterday (Tuesday) and the council will find out if it has been successful next month.