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Northern Powerhouse minister takes in his ‘south eastern’ coastal community

GOVERNMENT Minister Jake Berry met with local leaders in North East Lincolnshire as it was announced that millions of pounds of new investment is being made available to coastal towns.

Northern Powerhouse minister takes in his ‘south eastern’ coastal community

Mr Berry, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse & Local Growth at the Department of Local Government & Communities, met with Angela Blake, director of economy at North East Lincolnshire Council, Councillor Peter Wheatley and chartered surveyor Lawrence Brown, chairman of CoastNEL.

Andrew Percy's successor is also charged with the coastal communities brief, and later met with council chief executive Rob Walsh and visited the Modal training site at Immingham.

The visit, to the south easterly tip of the Northern Powerhouse, came as it was revealed towns and cities along Britain’s coastline will benefit from thousands of new jobs and millions of pounds more in visitor spending through the next round of the Coastal Communities Fund.

Mr Berry confirmed that the fifth round funding for 2019-21 will provide more money to help further transform economies and boost jobs. It will be open for applications early next year. 

The Government has already provided £170 million for 278 projects around the country since the Coastal Communities Fund was launched in 2012. 

This has resulted in two million more people visiting the coast and spending an additional £171 million and has already helped to start 485 new businesses and create 5,569 jobs – with these figures set to almost triple once the first three rounds of projects have been completed.

In the fourth round of the funding, North East Lincolnshire was awarded £3.8 million towards projects to enhance key areas of Cleethorpes, provide new facilities and deliver some exciting events in the resort.

Work on the projects in Cleethorpes is set to run until 2019.

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