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Morecambe Bay to receive £490,000 from job boosting fund

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Morecambe Bay is set to receive a near half-a-million pounds of funding to create more than 30 jobs in the area.

Cumbria County Council’s Morecambe Bay Partnership will benefit from a £490,000 Government cash boost to try and stimulate economic growth in the area and enhance it as a tourism destination.

Money will be spent on branding and marketing, contacting and signing 200km of a Bay Cycle Way as well as creating more than 300 training places and 33 jobs.

Twenty seaside projects in England will receive grants of up to £2.6 million each from the Coastal Communities Fund to use on projects that will deliver almost 4,000 jobs.

The £16 million fund is raised from the Crown Estate’s marine assets and reinvested in coastal areas.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “It’s a missed opportunity if we don’t tap into the huge potential our coastal towns have to welcome new industries and to diversify their economies so they can become year-round success stories.

“We’ve seen enormous enthusiasm for this Government fund and had to make some difficult choices but the projects we’ve chosen will create thousands of jobs and help many start-up businesses.

“This money will help these towns tap into new business opportunities that will create jobs and boost skills that will benefit the whole community.”

 

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