As part of the third round of the government’s £116.6m Coastal Communities Fund – which has already contributed £7.6m to coastal areas across Scotland – communities from Stranraer to Shetland will receive funding for projects to improve the local economy, tourism, transport and the natural environment, creating hundreds of jobs.
Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said:
“I created the Coastal Communities Fund because, as someone who grew up on a small island, I know how much difference targeted investment can make to people’s lives. It’s already supported scores of coastal communities throughout Scotland.
“Projects benefitting from the latest round of funding include redeveloping Rothesay Pavilion, creating a new Submarine Museum in Helensburgh, and restoring the harbour at Carbost in Skye. Overall, hundreds of communities across Scotland and the rest of the UK will benefit, creating jobs and making sure that some of our most remote and fragile communities share in the economic recovery.”
Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt said:
“These fantastic projects demonstrate the creativity, enterprise and passion needed to help seaside towns become year round destinations that people are proud to live and work in.
“This Government is determined to help our coastal towns thrive and this money will help them tap into new businesses, boost skills and create jobs that will benefit the community and wider area.”