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MP urges local businesses and groups to bid for coastal funds

8th September 2017
MP urges local businesses and groups to bid for coastal funds

Gordon Henderson MP has welcomed a government announcement committing a further £40 million to support communities along Britain’s coastline which includes the Isle of Sheppey.

The Queenborough Harbour Trust has already benefited from £500,000 from government funding, which was awarded to boost economic growth and jobs in the area by attracting more visitors.

Mr Henderson is urging local businesses and community groups on the Island to bid for their share of the Coastal Communities Fund. The fund has already provided £170 million to 278 regeneration projects around the country, and has seen 2 million more people spending an additional £171 million visiting our coastal communities.

With coastal tourism worth around £8 billion in the to the UK economy each year this renewed commitment will allow organisations and business to benefit from thousands of new jobs and millions of pounds in investment.

Mr Henderson commented:

‘This new funding will help attract even more tourists to Sheppey and help our seaside towns and coastal areas thrive.’

‘With so many Brits choosing to stay at home for their holidays each year I am pleased that the Queenborough Harbour Trust has already received a share of funding and I would encourage other charities and community groups to see how they could make use of this fund.’

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