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Silloth on Solway set to boost local economy with radical new plans

22 February 2016

Local people in Silloth on Solway have today set out radical plans for how they intend to drive growth, jobs and prosperity.

They are part of over 100 coastal communities across the country taking control of their futures.

The plans lay out practical steps including high quality enhancements to the Victorian town, new access and facilities on the West Beach and an off-highway bespoke cycle path linking Silloth to Allonby and beyond. All will help make Silloth on Solway an attractive destination to live, work and visit for years to come.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said that Silloth’s work is “proof coastal communities are ready for economic lift off. Our Great British Coast has enormous economic potential and we are determined to see it thrive all year round – not just in the summer months.

“The huge number of plans submitted, demonstrate the wave of optimism, and wealth of creative and practical ideas to boost economic lift-off. 

“I now want to see their hard work and enthusiasm come to fruition by helping to deliver their ideas through the Coastal Community teams.”

Dr Brian Irving MBE, leader of the Silloth on Solway Coastal Community Team said:

“We have got it together very quickly in Silloth - as we have always been able to do. We’re an inventive and pro-active community, which is passionate about the promotion of our town and its internationally important setting.

Silloth on Solway sits at the very heart of the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and at the western end of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. The Coastal Communities Team’s initiative, which is driven by government and enjoys its own Minister, is clearly a truly long term project with real commitment behind it. On that basis we will work in parallel with Allerdale Borough Council to achieve a sustainable and prosperous future for our coastal towns and their surrounding areas both at local and national levels.”

More than 11 million people live in coastal communities, from major cities to seaside villages. The tourism industry alone accounts for the employment of 250,000 people across 150 seaside resorts, and contributes £4 billion to the UK economy.

Now the Government is supporting ‘local coastal community teams’ to help revive towns and deliver their plans for future economic growth.

Local people involved in the teams have been given £10,000 to kick-start work and given expert guidance to help shape their own towns’ future prosperity.

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Notes

  1. For more information about Silloth on Solway coastal community team contact Brian Irving on 016973 33055 or brian.irving@allerdale.gov.uk
  2. For more information from Allerdale Borough Council, contact 01900 702526, corp.comms@allerdale.gov.uk
  3. 118 Coastal Community Teams were created last year and given a share of £1.18m to help drive forward coastal areas growth.
  4. The local economic plans submitted to Government by the teams cover areas including housing, business opportunities, jobs and skills, health and civic pride. See a full list of Coastal Community Teams here.
  5. Coastal Community Teams are just one of a number of initiatives launched by the government to boost the Great British Coast.
  6. The £120 million Coastal Communities Fund, established in 2012, has money going to projects in every region and country of the United Kingdom. So far it has created nearly 14,000 new jobs and over 10,000 training places.
  7. In addition 77 projects ranging from theatres to piers and lidos to lighthouses, received an addition share of £3 million in December to help restore them to their former glory.
  8. Due to the exceptional quality of the bids received, another £1 million coastal revival funding will be available in 2016 to 2017 for projects that narrowly missed out being selected. Further details will be announced in due course.
  9. For more information about the Government’s work to revive coastal communities contact Patrick Coyne, patrick.coyne@communities.gsi.gov.uk, 030 3444 4326  
  10. Other seaside areas that are taking control of their futures are: Plymouth – who will build a brand new history centre to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage to America. They will also secure investment to kick start a number of projects, including new digital hot spots across the city, restructuring the waterfront and encouraging a cycling culture; Folkestone – who will get local people’s views about what makes their town great and use that to work with marketing specialists in developing a new town brand. They will also enhance the living environment through public art and green space landscaping, and support start-ups through a new business hub; and Scarborough – who will restructure their high street, redeveloping derelict floor space and bringing good-quality new homes into the city centre
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