New Funding For Sea Front

  Successful funding bid sees Hornsea join national network of Coastal Community Teams The Minister for Coastal Communities, Andrew Percy MP selected Hornsea as the location for making his national announcement about the next phase of Coastal Communities Teams across the country on Friday 20th January at the Hornsea Inshore Rescue Boathouse.  Mr Percy, the MP for Brigg and Goole has fond memories of the town as his mother and grandparents are from Aldbrough. Coastal Community Teams are made up of local volunteers, councils and local businesses and are initially allocated £10,000 each to develop a blueprint for economic growth as well as receiving support from a network geared towards regenerating the country’s much-loved seaside areas.  Once the team has drawn up an economic plan it will then be able to bid for a share of a £90 million fund which the Department for Communities and Local Government has set aside. In Hornsea the £10,000 funding will be administered by HARP (Hornsea Are Regeneration Project).  HARP coordinator Felicity Clayton said, “This will enable us to pull together a realistic and deliverable plan to animate Hornsea’s seafront, incorporating seasonal and/or permanent sports, play and artistic cultural activities along the promenade and adjacent green spaces.  The Coastal Community Team will be a sub-group of the Partnership and require some representation from HARP’s Board but also from stakeholders in the seafront itself such as businesses located there and community organisations like Hornsea Inshore Rescue and the Floral Hall.  Relevant ERYC officers will also support the group from the Foreshores Team, Sports, Play and Arts Team and Hornsea Leisure CentreAs discussed at recent Partnership meetings developing more active use of the promenade is hugely important to the community and also to improving our visitor offer therefore the development of this plan and some money to test out approaches to see what works will be a great start.  We can now begin to contact local stakeholders to invite them to an initial meeting to find out more about the Coastal Community Team.” The East Riding has already established CCTs in Bridlington, Withernsea and Goole, with those teams already helping to deliver on the regeneration ambitions of those towns. Councillor Jane Evison, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment and Tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said, “The council welcome today’s announcement by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The bid for Hornsea focused on building on our master plan for the town and further investing in the seafront in terms of both its infrastructure and events. Our CCTs in Bridlington, Withernsea and Goole are already achieving great things, from setting up a local careers portal to creating new events and I’m sure the team in Hornsea can help make a real difference to the town.” Councillor Barbara Jefferson, Chairman of the Hornsea Area Regeneration Partnership (HARP) said, “HARP is delighted by the news that Hornsea has been successful in its bid to establish a CCT and is pleased that the Minister chose the town as the location to make this national announcement. The CCT will help develop and deliver key parts of the town’s regeneration efforts and the HARP Board looks forward to working with its volunteers, local businesses and council representatives. Hornsea is one of the Holderness Coast’s most vibrant towns and is a great place for residents to live in and for visitors to come and see.  The CCT will help deliver on the priorities of local people as well as develop the tourism offer.” When interviewed afterwards Mr Percy pointed out that the coast is now the number one destination for UK overnight stays, which leads him to believe that as a nation we are falling in love once more with our seaside towns. This is a welcome piece of good news following on quickly from the floods of the previous week (see page 2). Indeed the MP was questioned as to whether this funding would not have been better spent on helping flood victims and improving flood defences.  His response was that the government has already spent £2.5 billion on making considerable improvements to flood defences. The plan for the seafront needs to be in place by 31st March 2017.  To put your ideas to the board contact Felicity Clayton 01482 391645/ 07825044162 [email protected]

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