Jobs fund welcomed

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A NEW fund to help support towns such as Seaford create new jobs and boost prosperity has been welcomed by the town’s MP Norman Baker.

The £23.7m Coastal Communities Fund has been created to give a boost to seaside towns and provide struggling coastal communities across the country with money to back new opportunities that can make their towns prosper.

The fund was launched by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Chief Secretary Danny Alexander.

Mr Baker said, “I warmly welcome the establishment of this new fund, announced by my Lib Dem ministerial colleague Danny Alexander.

“I can think of many ways in which this fund could be used to benefit Newhaven and Seaford, and am strongly encouraging Lewes District Council, and our town councils in Newhaven and Seaford, to think about putting in bids.

“These could, for example, be to help rejuvenate the port area in Newhaven, or improve the rail/bus interchange in the town. Alternatively, Sussex Downs College could think about how it could tie in with Seaford Head or Tideway schools to improve post-16 skills, so helping young people into employment.”

A variety of organisations are being invited to apply for the funding to diversify and transform seaside economies by allowing them to rejuvenate traditional assets or exploit new emerging industries.

Mr Pickles said, “This is a great opportunity for long overlooked seaside towns, large and small, to grab a chance to grow through imaginative and innovative projects that create skilled workers, and provide year round jobs that build stronger local economies.”

The Fund will be UK wide and financed by the Government from revenues from the Crown Estate’s marine assets. The Fund will be delivered by the Big Lottery Fund’s BIG Fund.