Scarborough seaweed hatchery scheme gets £472k from Government


The Government is giving £472,000 to Seagrown in Scarborough to establish England’s first commercial seaweed hatchery, cultivation site and outreach centre to drive economic growth by creating sustainable jobs in sectors currently offering few opportunities in the area.

It’s one of seventy projects around the coast to share in more than £36 million from a UK government fund to help develop and improve tourist attractions, create jobs and promote socio-economic growth.

Greater Lincolnshire LEP has secured £370k to support 320 individuals working with 100 coastal businesses to develop a ‘visitor skills plan’ for the Lincolnshire coaster nd small grants of up to £50 have been given to Grimsby’s fishing heritage centre, a community venue in Boston, theatre restoration in Scarborough, and an art trail in Whitby.

This major injection of funding for coastal communities will go towards supporting innovative businesses, protecting historic buildings, new museums and restoration of much-loved coastal heritage sites.

This latest investment represents 26 awards from the fifth round of the government’s Coastal Communities Fund and 44 awards from the third phase of the Coastal Revival Fund in 2018-19. It comes on top of over £180 million from both funds invested in more than 350 projects so far across the UK.

The 26 Coastal Communities Fund projects announced today (23 March 2019) are forecast collectively to support over 15,000 jobs, and attract up to £40 million in additional investment from public and private sector sources.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said: “I am determined to support investment and development of our coastal communities and create an economy that works for everyone as we prepare for Brexit and beyond.

“All of the ambitious projects receiving funding today were designed and developed by local people who know what will make the biggest difference to their areas. The sheer range of ideas demonstrate the potential of our coastal communities and will all create good jobs, boost growth and improve people’s lives now and in the future.

Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry MP said: “This is an investment in the future of our coastal communities which builds on their rich heritage and huge potential.

“The world-class attractions and innovative businesses supported by the Coastal Communities Fund and the Coastal Revival Fund will increase tourism, encourage investment and ensure people thrive up and down the Great British Coast.”