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  • Oliver Hodgson


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

MP said;

“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.”

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