COUNCIL bosses have welcomed news Sunderland and Seaham are set to share in a £2million seafront pay-out.
The money is part of a record £36million nationwide from the Coastal Communities Fund that will create nearly 3,000 jobs and almost 1,500 apprenticeships and training places.
Sunderland City Council will get £540,000 to create a year-round programme of events and attractions on Sunderland seafront and improve infrastructure and training to support 60 local businesses and create 38 jobs.
Seaham Marina CIC will receive £1.7million to continue the regeneration of the town by creating new watersports facilities, improved boatyard with 23 extra berths, and better access to the beach and local amenities, creating 70 new jobs
Seaham Harbour Marina director Peter Coe said: “The award means berth holders will enjoy top-class facilities to repair and maintain their vessels, including a boat hoist for larger craft, an additional 23 berths and servicing of the pontoons.
“It will also establish a new water sports centre in a controlled environment on the beach, as well as improved access arrangements and environmental improvements.
“The funds will also provide advice and support to local businesses and new start ups, with the aim of creating 70 new jobs and ensuring the marina is financially self sustaining, as well as accelerating the regeneration plans of the town and benefitting the wider ex-coalfield community.”
Sunderland City Council Cabinet Secretary Coun Mel Speding, added: “We are delighted our bid to the Coastal Communities Fund has been successful, and the additional, external funding will help us further develop our ambitious plans for the continuing regeneration of our seafront.
“The success of the bid is testament to the strong business case and programme of physical and environmental improvements already in place, and to our close working relationship with business and community partners.
“It will help us create even more jobs, support local businesses and attract even greater numbers of visitors.”