An addition to the Towns Fund for both our Connected Coast towns

Both Mablethorpe and Skegness are now going to receive additional grant funding, with Mablethorpe receiving a grant of £500,000 and Skegness receiving £750,000.

There’s been so much to digest recently when it comes to our participation in the Towns Fund programme. Both Mablethorpe and Skegness are in the process of finalising a bid to secure millions of pounds of funding, but there’s been fantastic news to add to that in recent weeks.

Both towns are now going to receive additional grant funding, with Mablethorpe receiving a grant of £500,000 and Skegness receiving £750,000. This funding has been allocated according to population size.

The Government has now tasked East Lindsey District Council with identifying projects that can be brought forward within the current financial year, a request that the projects focus on supporting the towns to respond to immediate issues, including projects that support improvements to green and open spaces.

The District Council will now work with the Connected Coast Board to identify suitably ready projects that fit the criteria outlined by Government and that will have a long-lasting positive impact on each area.

Councillor Steve Kirk, Portfolio Holder for Coastal Economy has added that the announcement has  been very welcome. 

He said: “It’s no secret that our coastal towns have really felt the impact of Covid-19 and the ongoing lockdown measures, and this funding will be vitally important in helping us support the area in its recovery. We’ll now work with our Connected Coast Board to identify some exciting projects that we can quickly bring forward and that will provide real long-term benefit for our coast.”

Sarah Louise Fairburn, Chair of the Connected Coast Board, added: “The Connected Coast Board is very much spurred on by the announcement and we are so pleased that central government has recognised our towns’ needs. The additional funding should be treated as a catalyst for the whole coastal area. 

“We have an exciting opportunity now to grow, innovate and support economic regeneration and diversity for our communities that will derive long term resilience and prosperity.  To achieve this, we look forward to working with our communities, private businesses, District and County Council partners to name but a few. We had elected to name our Towns deal board the Connected Coast Board.

“This is purposeful as connectivity between our towns, people, plans and partnerships will be critical to achieving funding that will really be transformational for the environment we live, work, play in and want people to visit.”

We will be sharing further progress through the Connected Coast website.