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£1million war chest to improve Sunderland seafront

Coun Mel Spedding down on Roker Promenade - delighted at news that the City Council has been awarded �2million for further seafront development.
Coun Mel Spedding down on Roker Promenade - delighted at news that the City Council has been awarded �2million for further seafront development.
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SENIOR councillors have received more than £1million-worth of grant funding for the next phase of the regeneration of Sunderland’s seafront.

The cash, officially accepted by cabinet members at Sunderland City Council, is seen as a major step to enhance the Seafront Regeneration Strategy for Roker and Seaburn.

It is a credit to this Labour-controlled council that we have year on year brought regeneration to the city’s seafront.

Coun Celia Gofton

The funding includes a £540,000 grant from the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) and £545,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The latter is matched by £136,000 from council resources as part of the Roker Pier and lighthouse project.

The CCF grant will help pay for environmental improvements to Recreation and Cliffe Park, and business support, events and marketing. The total cost for that project is £966,000.

In approving the cabinet report, members also authorised the procurement of a contractor to deliver the works.

A separate contractor or consultants will also be appointed to deliver business support, events and marketing activities for the CCF project.

Presenting the report, cabinet secretary Mel Speding called it “a good news story for the city of Sunderland”.

“The delivery of additional and enhanced infrastructure works at Roker and Seaburn are key to the ongoing regeneration of the seafront to provide improved visitor infrastructure and facilitate the ongoing development of Sunderland’s coast,” the cabinet report said.

“The delivery of business support, marketing and additional events through the CCF project will allow existing businesses, new businesses, and the city to ensure it maximises the economic benefits that the seafront can deliver.”

“I very much welcome this report,” Coun Celia Gofton said.

“It’s absolutely fantastic. It is a credit to this Labour-controlled council that we have year on year brought regeneration to the city’s seafront, in particular to Fulwell and St Peter’s wards, but nevertheless to the whole of the city.

“This is a wonderful resource we’ve got in our area.

“There is always disruption where work is taking place like we have seen with St Mary’s Way. But this is one that will be enjoyed for generations to come.”