Speaking at the opening of Bournemouth’s new Pier Approach, coastal communities minister Jake Berry commented on the positive partnership between the local council and central government that saw more than £4m invested in the project between them.
He additionally used the event to launch the £1m Coastal Revival Fund that will make funding available for both one-off smaller projects along Britain’s shores and as support for larger planning applications.
Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns said of the fund: “It’s a pot of money that’s specifically designed for communities like ours, for specific projects that are geared to making the town a more attractive place to both live in and for people to come and visit.”
Whilst promoting Britain’s seaside locales Berry touched on the positive impact Brexit is already having on resorts. The minister had previously campaigned to remain in the EU but has since moved to support the process of leaving, citing figures that have reported a 25 percent rise in overseas visitors to Bournemouth since the referendum.
“There’s never been a more important time for the government to get behind our coastal communities because, when you look at the challenges of Brexit, I think that Britain leaving the European Union will be good for towns like Bournemouth,” he said.
“I think it’s really reconnected people with everything our fantastic coastline has to offer here in the UK but also gives an opportunity to talk in a newly positive way about everything that’s great about Britain.”