People living in Cumbria will benefit after over £2.4 million from the Government’s
Coastal Communities Fund was awarded to a project set to deliver local jobs and
bring more visitors to Whitehaven.
The Cumbria Coastal Activities Centre project will create a dedicated facility for aqua
sports, provide storage facilities at Whitehaven Harbour as well as a low carbon arts
and community centre which will benefit the entire town.
This latest investment in Cumbria is part of an additional £10.4 million awarded to
projects around the Great British Coast from the Government’s Coastal Communities
Fund. The fund has already supported projects in the region including £1.06 million
awarded to Connecting Cumbria’s Hidden Coast, a project to improve visitor
infrastructure, facilities and activities along Cumbria’s “hidden” coast and £2.35
million awarded to the Experience Morecambe Bay project to create new
transformational visitor attractions along Morecambe Bay, including marketing the
new attractions, routes and experiences to visitors.
This comes just days after Workington, Cleator Moor, Millom, Carlisle and Barrow-in-
Furness were named among the first 100 places to benefit from the Government’s
£3.6 billion Towns Fund which will support a new generation of multi-million-pound
town deals to play a key role in levelling up prosperity in every part of the UK.
Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Rt Hon Jake Berry
“Our £2.4 million investment in the Cumbria Coastal Activities Centre is the latest
example of how this Government is supporting communities across Cumbria and the
Northern Powerhouse to thrive and at the heart of the Government’s plan to level up
every part of the UK.
“From the Borderlands Growth Deal to the Towns Fund this Government is ensuring
that places like Whitehaven are in the best possible position to prosper.
“Building on our £228 million investment into coastal communities, the projects
receiving funding today were designed by local people who know best what will bring
the biggest benefit to their community.
“Their fantastic ideas demonstrate the raw potential of our coastal towns and will
help create good jobs, boost economic growth and improve people’s lives as we
leave the EU on 31 October.”
Trudy Harrison MP for Copeland said “I am absolutely delighted that Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners has been successful to the tune of £2.4million for its water sport facility at Whitehaven harbour. This is a wonderful investment and will further enhance not only the town’s harbour-side but our coastal area as a whole, creating jobs and attracting visitors.”