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Repeatedly flooded communities to receive dedicated funding Communities suffering repeated flooding will benefit from a new ring-fenced £100 million allowance designed to better protect their properties, the Government has announced today.
How railways are driving a new British seaside boom Train passenger numbers to bucket and spade resorts up by as much as 52 per cent this year compared to pre pandemic levels.
Source: iNews
UK coastal areas ‘at risk from extreme storm surges’ Sea levels in the UK have risen by around 16.5cm since the 1990s, putting more coastal areas at risk from larger and more frequent storm surges.
Source: The Independent
Exhibition celebrates coastal pubs A free exhibition showcasing the history of Lincolnshire’s pubs is set to open in Skegness.
New section of coastal path opens Dorset Council worked with the local community and volunteers to open new sections of the Dorset Path.
Source: Dorset Council
Council approves £132m community plan Cornwall Council has approved a £132m spending plan to benefit the region’s businesses and communities
£5m price hike for coastal defences A new flood defence scheme in Devon is expected to cost £5m more than previously estimated.
Source: BBC Online
Coastal hub unveils final units A Northumberland coastal hub has unveiled two more lettings at a forthcoming £4.5m retail and leisure scheme.
Source: Business Daily
Coastal communities fund opens The latest round of Aberdeenshire Council’s Coastal Communities Challenge Fund programme is now open.
Source: Grampian Online
SAFER SHORES CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED Coastal visitors are being asked to help ensure a good summer – by keeping alcohol out of their luggage and avoiding anti-social behaviour on the beach.
Source: Daily Record
OUR COASTAL TOWNS ‘NEED FUNDS AS MUCH AS IN THE NORTH,’ WARNS MP Deprived coastal communities in South East England need funding as much as those in the North, says a Sussex MP.
Source: BBC Online
RETAILERS EXPECTING A RISE IN VISITORS The Jubilee bank holiday weekend will likely see a rise in people visiting shopping centres across the East of England, a retail analyst predicts.
24-HOUR GYM TO OPEN IN COASTAL TOWN The UK’s largest gym operator is to open a 24-hour gym in the Somerset coastal town Portishead.
Source: Somerset Live
SPEEDING CONCERNS ON COAST ROAD Concerns about speeding on the coast road between Weymouth and Bridport were highlighted at a road safety summit.
Source: Dorset Echo
ISLE OF WIGHT FREEPORT TO LAUNCH A special summit in Southampton is set to see the launch of the Solent Freeport and the LEP’s long term economic strategy.
COUNCILLORS BACK CALL TO INCREASE BUSES Calls have been made to look at creating a ‘Transport for Devon’ organisation to improve the county’s bus services.
REGENERATION PLAN FOR COASTAL VILLAGE More than 200 new homes could be built in Jaywick as part of major plans to regenerate the coastal community.
COASTAL STRATEGY CONSULTATION IS LIVE Residents are being asked for their views on a joint-council strategy to protect the Christchurch coastline from erosion and climate change.
BUDGET SQUEEZE ‘COULD AFFECT TOURISM’ The rising cost of living could put holidays to the East Yorkshire coast out of reach for some tourists – but attract others.
SEAFRONT CAFÉ OPENS TO CUSTOMERS A £1.5million café on Felixstowe seafront has officially opened its doors to customers following nearly two years of building work.
CHARITY PUTS SUPPORT FOR OTHERS FIRST The Coast and Vale Community Action charity provides a wealth of support to many varied organisations across Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby
COASTAL CRAFTERS CELEBRATE JUBILEE The Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations are set to be a crowning achievement for a group of Buckie crafters.
GREENBUILD RETURNS TO NORFOLK TOWNS North Norfolk’s environmental festival Greenbuild is set to return with a physical, live event for the first time since 2019.
NEW STRETCH OF COASTAL PATH OPENS A new section of the England Coast Path along the Sussex coast will connect people with nature, and provides a wealth of health and wellbeing opportunities.
COUNCIL SECURES £3.5M FOR SEAFRONT Visitors to the North Tyneside coast will find the experience safer, greener, and more accessible after ambitious walking and cycling plans received a multi-million pound boost.
COAST TO BENEFIT FROM GREEN TOURISM Tourism businesses along the coast of Greater Lincolnshire are being invited to take part in a new programme to help them take advantage of being more environmentally sustainable.
LIGHTHOUSE UNSURE DUE TO EROSION Coastal erosion has prompted a review of the lighthouse in Firth, which has been described as a “local landmark”.
BUSINESS SCHEME OPENS FOR APPLICATIONS A Northern Ireland scheme to attract businesses onto the high streets and into town centres has opened for applications.
VANDALS ‘TARGET WONDERFUL COASTAL ASSET’ A redundant bus shelter – turned into a free book exchange by a coastal communities team – has been targeted by vandals.
FILM PREMIERE FOR COASTAL STORIES The histories and life of five port towns in Wales and Ireland will feature in a new film that will be premiered in Aberystwyth at the end of May.
COASTAL MARATHON IS BIGGER AND BETTER The countdown is on to the annual ABP Humber Coastal Half Marathon in Cleethorpes after a two year break due to the pandemic.
COAST BEST FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE TRIPS A 95-mile stretch of the Jurassic Coast between Dorset and east Devon has been named one of the best road trips for electric vehicles.
FINAL STAGES FOR COASTAL MASTERPLAN The masterplan for the regeneration of the St Annes town centre is entering its final stage – and Fylde Council is planning a bid for Government cash.
PROJECTS SET TO TRANSFORM GREAT YARMOUTH A host of projects are set to regenerate Great Yarmouth – thanks to windfalls from the Town Plan, the Future High Streets funds and the National Lottery.
CAR PARKING IS TOP CONCERN Parking and transport links have proved to be the main concern over plans for further redevelopment on Folkestone seafront.
REDCAR TO BE ‘YEAR-ROUND DESTINATION’ The project forms part of the Redcar Town Deal, a suite of projects contributing to the wider town centre transformation.
ARTS PROJECT TOURS YORKSHIRE COAST A huge puppet portraying a lost and lonely teenage girl has begun its journey through coastal towns as part of an arts project.
BAMBURGH NAMED BEST SEASIDE RESORT A village on the Northumberland coast has been named Britain’s best seaside resort for the second year in a row.
COAST GEARS UP FOR INFLUX OF TOURISTS A rise in coastal visitor numbers is expected to bring opportunities and challenges for local communities.
CAMPAIGNER CALLS FOR HIGHWAY RESURFACING A campaigner wants his local authority to commit to a programme of priority resurfacing for highways in coastal districts.
'Most expensive seaside towns' The Halifax Seaside Town Review has published information examining house price movements in 191 seaside towns in Great Britain.
£5.8m grant falls short for resort Blackpool Council says a £5m grant from the Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund will fall short of helping to ‘level up’ the resort.
Source: Planet Radio
Probe into problems caused by short-lets The government is to investigate the short term lettings sector and the problems platforms like Airbnb are causing within the wider property market and economy.
Source: Landlord Zone
Housing petition to help youngsters A petition aims to help people under 35 who are struggling to get on the property ladder in south Devon.
Source: Plymouth Live
Concern for self-catering businesses Tourism businesses says legitimate self-catering holiday businesses mustn't be caught up in a clamp down on second home ownership in Wales.
Source: Business Live
Parking fears raised on coast A return to pre-Covid planning rules has prompted fears of parking chaos in tourist hotspots on the Northumberland coast.
Coastal closure 'to prevent trespassers' A road in Skegness has been closed after Lincolnshire County Council issued an emergency traffic order to stop trespassers.
£4million scheme to protect coast Work to protect a vulnerable part of the Somerset coast could begin in the summer after local councillors awarded the contract for the project.
Source: Somerset Live
Coastal festival focuses on ocean Sidmouth Coastal Community Hub is gearing up for Sea Fest – its annual festival of music and local food, focusing on the ocean environment.
Source: Sidmouth Herald
Coast gears up for road race Nearly 1,000 runners are to compete in the Mammoth Marathon – North Norfolk’s first major road race in almost 30 years.
Coastal defences to cost £40m Plan to bolster flood defences to protect Canvey Island in Essex will cost more than £40 million – and be fully funded by government.
Source: Echo News
Revealed: Most expensive coastal towns Sandbanks in Dorset is the UK’s most expensive coastal resort, according to the Halifax’s annual seaside towns review.
Second homes 'mustn't spoil coast' The rise in the level of second homes is beginning to become a nightmare for coastal communities, says the Yorkshire Post.
Source: Yorkshire Post
MPs scrutinise UK Seafood Fund An influential group of MPs is to hold an inquiry into a government scheme to promote the long-term future and sustainability of the fisheries and seafood sector.
Cash for Cornwall to 'level up' coast Coastal communities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are being given over £130 million to help them 'level up'.
Source: Planet Radio
Disadvantaged pupils in coastal schools Deprivation is hidden in many coastal towns, says the National Education Union, which is affecting children’s health and wellbeing.
Support for coastal cooperation The government has published details of support available for coastal cooperative activities, building capability and advisory services.
Cash for new ways of coastal living A Coastal Transition Accelerator Programme money is looking at new ways of living with coastal erosion rather than trying to stop it.
Rise in number of coastal shoppers Coastal towns saw the biggest rise in shoppers on Good Friday compared to all other types of retail areas.
Coastal summit for Northumberland A summit is being held ahead of what is expected to be another busy summer on the Northumberland coast.
Blackpool bags £61m for sea walls Work to replace and upgrade coastal defences will begin next year after the council secured an eight-figure investment from the Environment Agency.
Source: Place NorthWest
'Drop-in' on coastal management Residents and organisations are being encouraged to attend a series of drop-ins and webinars on plans for one of the country's largest coastal flood risk schemes.
Coastal residents get erosion funding Coastal communities are set to receive a £36m cash injection to boost local trials of innovative ways to adapt to the effects of coastal erosion.
Source: The Independent
Help for homes being lost to sea The Holderness coast will be the initial focus of a £36m programme where defending land from erosion is no longer deemed viable.
Source: Hull Daily Mail
£10m programme for coastal Norfolk North Norfolk will receive £10m to explore innovative approaches of adapting to the effects of coastal erosion.
Source: Norfolk Live
Government protects coastal rail route A further £32m of funding will protect the iconic Dawlish rail route – giving passengers in Devon and Cornwall a better service, says the government.
Coastal BID ballot result revealed Bournmouth Coastal BID has won backing from businesses to continue for another five-year term.
Remote 'sharks' eat coastal litter State-of-the-art Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) that survey the surface of the sea are gobbling up litter, keeping coastal waters clean.
Source: Somerset Live
Pupils reach out to tackle loneliness Youngsters are proving how a chat over the telephone can make all the difference when it comes to tackling loneliness.
Source: The Independent
Repairs after sea destroys lifeguard station Villagers are patching up Hemsby after the weather ravaged a lifeguard station and sparked a community response.
Plan to improve coastal broadband Improvements worth £6m could see ultra fast broadband added to the list of improvements in Littlehampton’s town centre.
Source: Sussex World
Big focus on English Tourism Week English Tourism Week is showing support for tourism businesses and destinations – with a focus on skills and career opportunities across the sector.
Source: Visit Britain
Prime minister opens Blackpool centre Prime minister Boris Johnson has officially opened the new £30m conference and exhibition centre in Blackpool.
Sea swimmers discuss water quality Sea swimmers in Eastbourne are going to meet with authorities and water companies about the issue of water quality.
Source: Sussex World
Village 'strangled' by holiday lets While staycations have boomed in popularity, not everybody is benefitting from them – especially in rural Northumberland.
Source: Chronicle Live
Protestors vandalise holiday homes Holiday homes in a picturesque West Country village have been vandalised with graffiti in protest over owners not “giving something back” to the community.
Source: Telegraph.co.uk
Work starts on redevelopment projects Two projects will see Whitby communities join forces for an £800,000 redevelopment project starting next week.
Supermarket pledges coastal clean-up Supermarket bosses have pledged to help with the clean up after a cargo ship which lost containers saw Lidl-branded items washed up on west Dorset beaches.
Source: Bridport News
Film celebrates coastal mining history Local residents, miners and artists have made a poignant documentary celebrating County Durham's coastal coal mining history.
Source: Chronicle Live
Disability ramp installed at beach A Disability ramp to give access to the beach is being installed at Saltdean after £30,000 was secured from the council budget.
Source: Brighton Argus
Coastal residents see artwork for free An incomplete artwork at Scarborough Castle has been created in the shape of a dolos — to highlight the threat of coastal erosion.
Helping fishermen to stay SeaFit The NHS and other health providers has helped to increase access to healthcare for fishermen and their families in coastal areas.
Source: NHS England
UK Shore 'will boost communities' A new office purely dedicated to making maritime greener will support coastal communities, says the government,
Learning centre creates coastal opportunities Two universities have teamed up for the start of a new work programme with coastal communities across the region.
Locals priced out of coastal properties North Yorkshire’s coastal towns are at a “tipping point” as second homes and holiday lets price locals out of their area, say campaigners.
Source: Northern Echo
£250k to tackle problem seagulls Aberdeenshire Council has committed £250,000 to tackle the region’s long-running gull problems.
Help shaping future of Hunstanton An advisory board is being set up to support funding bids and develop projects to benefit Hunstanton.
Boost for popular coast path The coastal path at Mount’s Bay in Cornwall has fully reopened following a major upgrade work to improve its resilience to storms.
Projects net £88k in coastal funding Three community projects have been awarded £88,000 in funding from Aberdeenshire Council’s 2021/22 Coastal Communities Fund.
Beach shored up against flood protection Natural flood defences along the west Norfolk coast have been bolstered as part of their yearly renewal, helping to protect coastal communities.
College shortlisted for Maritime UK Award Cowes Enterprise College has been recognised for its excellent work in embedding maritime learning into the curriculum.
Source: Island Echo
Case Study - Supervising First Aid for Mental Health A number of staff from Butlins in Skegness have undertaken mental health training through Boston College which has been funded by the Coastal Communities Fund. The Supervising First Aid for Mental He... Read more
£1.4m to support sustainable fishing Eight innovative new projects to support the UK’s fishing industry to be more productive have been awarded £1.4m.
Source: Gov.uk
Flood defences finished ahead of schedule A new defence scheme to protect 1,650 properties in East Rhyl from coastal flooding has been completed almost a year ahead of schedule.
Source: Rhyl Journal
Approval for £39.5m Blackpool projects A £39.5m million Town Deal will back seven projects to strengthen the local economy and help Blackpool become a thriving coastal community again.
Freeport 'worth billions to Portsmouth' Councillors are set to approve the final business case for the Solent Freeport ahead of its submission to the government.
Source: Portsmouth News
Plans for new housing in coastal town Local residents are being asked for feedback on plans for nearly 100 new homes in Amble, Northumberland.
£635k for coastal community priorities Dumfries and Galloway Council has allocated more than £635,000 to projects that will make 34 coastal areas more welcoming for visitors.
Second-homers 'ruining coastal village' Only 20% of homes in a North Yorkshire coastal village are now understood to be owned by locals.
Source: Edinburgh Live
Extra boost for coastal public realm A £3.5m improvement for Littlehampton is being met from the Coastal Communities Fund, a local growth fund and money from local councils.
Source: Sussex World
Community unites for Jubilee trees A tree planting ceremony and community event in Brighton has marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Source: In Your Area
Major revamp for seaside playpark A Saltcoats community group's bid to breathe new life into a rundown seaside playpark has received a £48,000 cash boost.
Source: Daily Record
Beach wheelchair charity fundraiser A local cub group held a sponsored walk from Cromer to Sheringham to raise money for one of their pack.
Michael Gove launches 'levelling up' plan Michael Gove visited the coastal towns of Grimsby and Cleethorpes ahead of the unveiling the government's 'levelling up' plans.
Levelling up 'can help coastal communities' 'Levelling up' minister Neil O'Brien says the policy is not a ‘North/South thing’ and will benefit coastal communities.
Source: The Telegraph
Pollution hub for litter pickers The Environment Agency and the Solent Forum coastal partnership have launched an information hub for litter pickers.
Projects to benefit from coastal fund The Highland Coastal Communities Fund is a new fund designed to support economic regeneration and sustainable development around coastal areas.
Community praise for coastal work Scottish MSP Ariane Burgess has commended the work of 19 Coastal Communities Network groups across Scotland.
Source: Shetland Times
Call to sign 'motion for ocean' Councils are being urged to sign a declaration to help mitigate the impact of climate climate change on coastal communities.
Source: Cornish Times
Coast on 'frontline' of climate change Urgent action is needed to protect the sea off north Norfolk where residents are at the "frontline" of climate change, says a local councillor.
Homes aim to halt depopulation Six new affordable homes have been built in a part of Skye that has suffered years of depopulation.
Source: BBC Online
Final coastal defences delayed The final phase of a multi-million pound coastal defence scheme has been delayed, after being due to go to consultation in June 2021.
Source: Cambrian News
Refill stations to cut plastic waste Eight new water refill stations that have been installed at strategic locations around the Pembrokeshire coast.
Source: Tenby Today
Michael Gove to create Islands Forum The UK government will establish a new Islands Forum to empower island communities, says levelling up secretary Michael Gove.
MPs blast 'levelling up' plan Boris Johnson's long awaited plan to 'level up' the country has been widely panned by MPs.
Source: Chronicle Live
Levelling up to 'reverse' coastal decline Cumbria MP Simon Fell  says levelling up will help "reverse the decline many coastal communities have faced for too long."
Source: North-West Mail
£160k to fight coastal erosion A Moray village is in line to benefit from a £160,000 action plan to help deal with the impact of climate change along its shoreline.
MP vows to pursue ferry link A Fife MP pledged to keep pursuing a direct ferry link between Scotland and Europe “until we see results”.
Source: The Courier
Brexit 'failure' on fishing promises Benefits to UK fisheries from Brexit “fall far short of government rhetoric”, a new study has revealed.
Fishing talks are "utter disaster" A Whitby fisherman says negotiations between the UK and Norway have proved a “total and utter disaster”.
'Sad to see' beach erosion A tense "watch and wait" operation is underway as high winds and surging seas batter the Norfolk coast.
Parking trial for coastal town Measures are being trialled in Ceredigion to create safer, inviting towns and to improve traffic flow in those coastal areas.
Source: Wales 247
Coastal residents have fewer services People in coastal communities have poorer access to health and social care services than those living in towns and cities.
Source: LocalGov
£60k grant for coastal youth club Thurso Youth Club is enjoying a new lease of life after a £60,000 refurbishment including a complete kitchen refit.
Seaside towns among most upmarket Two seaside towns in Norfolk have been named among the most upmarket coastal spots in Britain.
Source: EDP24
Big plans to revamp Grand Pier PLANS are in the early stages to find cash grants to revamp and regenerate Teignmouth’s iconic Grand Pier.
Coastguard exhibition in Falmouth People in Cornwall have the opportunity to learn more about the coastguard’s unique 200th anniversary.
Source: Falmouth Packet
Minister makes keynote coastal speech Coastal communities must be at the heart of the government's levelling up agenda, says Defra minister Rebecca Pow
Coastal village 'most isolated' in England People living in one of the most isolated parts of the UK have spoken about life in a coastal village where many essential services are hours away.
Source: Yorkshire Post
Grants help boost coastal tourism Eight projects receive a share of £73,000 from Aberdeenshire Council’s 2021-22 Coastal Communities Challenge Fund (CCCF).
Source: Grampian Online
Board to create brighter town future Plans have been outlined to set up a new town board, which officials hope could help to bring future investment to coastal Hunstanton.
Source: Lynn News
How erosion changes coastal path Rising sea levels and more frequent storms due to climate change mean there is more pressure on the coast.
Tourism campaign to 'rebrand' Essex A £300,000 TV tourism campaign to woo visitors to Essex will highlight the county's 350-mile long coastline.
Source: iNews
Sea wall trail wins lottery cash A history project charting the changing faces of Scarborough through the ages has been awarded almost £40,000 in lottery funding.
Source: BBC Online
Coastal villages hit by burglaries Norfolk's coastal villages have been hit by a series of burglaries where property was damaged and cash and jewellery were stolen.
Source: Norfolk Live
Flood event hosted by coastal forum Residents in a high-risk flood area of Weymouth learned how to protect themselves and their homes at a series of drop-in events.
Source: Dorset Echo
Trees planted in seven coastal towns Environmental charity Trees for Cities is planting 55,000 trees across seven coastal towns to support green jobs.
Covid: 'Left behind' communities worst hit People in "left behind" coastal communities are among those more likely to die from Covid-19, a study has found.
Source: BBC Online
Coastal idyll lacks affordable housing The Northumberland coastal town of Beadnell is a popular place to live – but locals say it lacks affordable housing.
Source: BBC Online
Coastal village is 'completely cut off' A village in Yorkshire is among one of the most isolated in the UK – with residents facing hour-long walks to reach their nearest GP and schools.
Source: Examiner Live
Project helps children explore coast A £250,000 project aims to get children from a deprived area of Cornwall to explore the coast.
Source: BBC Online
Revealed: 10 most popular coastal towns Property search website Rightmove has released its list of coastal towns and villages with the biggest price growth in a year.
Source: Yorkshire Post
£375k boost for tourism hotspots Rural tourist destinations across the north of Scotland will receive share of £2.6mm to improve the visitor experience.
Funding plea for coastal landscape The chair of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB Partnership has called for funding to be doubled.
Consultation to improve coastal defences Denbighshire County Council has launched a 28-day consultation on proposals to improve coastal defences at Rhyl.
Source: News from Wales
Coast park plan could be revisited Plans to create a coastal park in Flintshire could be revisited in a bid to attract tourists to the area.
Source: Leader Live
New visitor guide for Bridlington A new guide to encourage visitors to book now for Bridlington and the East Coast for 2022 has been produced.
Busiest year for coastal rescues Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade attended a record 150 incidents in 2021, passing the previous highest total of 147 in 2008.
£75m to modernise UK fishing industry Coastal communities will benefit from better infrastructure, strengthened supply chains, new jobs and an investment in skills thanks to a £75m boost from the government.
Source: Business Leader
Town centre transformation begins A £3.5 million project to regenerate Littlehampton aims to make the coastal town centre a better place to live, work and visit.
Plan to spruce up town's seafront Plans to spruce up Sheringham seafront over the next couple of years include murals and wall sculptures.
New lights bring 'glamour' to Cleethorpes Work to create a new public art lighting project  in Cleethorpes has been paid for through the Coastal Communities Fund.
Beaches get recycled litter stations A pair of Norfolk beaches are the first in England to get litter picking stations made entirely of recycled rubbish.
Source: Fakenham Times
Cafe for guests 'old and new' A council regeneration plan means visitors to Lydney Harbour can now enjoy a coffee at a new cafe.
Source: The Forester
Free guide to Great Yarmouth's trees Households in Great Yarmouth are being invited to learn more about their neighbourhood trees and how they can help protect the environment.
Village sees hike in property searches The coastal village of Rhos-on-Sea sees a huge spike in interest while two Welsh communities were in the top ten for price rises.
Source: Business Live
Coastal project keeps beaches clean A Turning the Plastic Tide initiative from the East Grampian Coastal Partnership (EGCP)  is keeping coastlines clean in Aberdeenshire.
Source: Grampian Online
RNLI has record-breaking fundraising year The Royal National Lifeboat Institute is set to achieve the best fundraising year in its two century history, according to the charity’s fundraising director.
Source: Liverpool World
£850k for coastal protection works Scarborough Borough Council is being asked to approve an additional £850,000 for work on the sea wall at Robin Hood’s Bay.
Source: Planet Radio
Two bids to regenerate coastal areas Two multi-million-pound bids are being prepared to regenerate deprived coastal communities in Flintshire.
Source: Leader Live
The official opening of a new stretch of the England Coast Path connects central London to the north Kent coast.
Source: Natural England