Fylde misses out on funds

Fylde Council's Darren Bell
Fylde Council's Darren Bell
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THE Fylde coast has missed out on hundreds of thousands of pounds of Government funding.

A Fylde Council bid for a share of the coalition’s £23.7m Coastal Communities Fund has been unsuccessful, it has been revealed.

The Coastal Communities Fund was set up to aid economic development in seaside towns.

Town hall bosses in Fylde say they are determined to secure £265,000 funding to promote the area as a year round ecological destination.

Bosses said they were “very disappointed” to miss out on the first stage of funding, but will work on their bid and submit it again.

The council’s cultural services department had led a bid to develop a Fylde Green Tourism Unit.

Manager Darren Bell said: “We want to develop the Ribble Estuary as a green tourism destination and make Fylde a year round destination.

“The Ribble Estuary is internationally recognised and the site is protected. We want to build on that.

“We saw this as an opportunity to develop bird watching, arts festivals, sports festivals, food festivals and also promote locally produced food.”

The project forecasted creating four new jobs directly, while creating 100 jobs indirectly and maintaining the 3,000 jobs of people already employed in tourism on the Fylde.

Fylde Council lost out to six other seaside projects nationwide.

It was announced last week Barrow-in-Furness had received £900,000 to create 275 jobs for its Unleashing Growth in Coastal Furness project.

Bournemouth Council will receive £2m over two years to create Europe’s first National Coastal Tourism Academy.

Mr Bell said the council will now reassess its bid and re-apply for the 2013 round of funding, which is set to increase to £28m.

Mr Bell added: “We will go away and consult with partners and see if we can improve the concept and develop it.

“We will submit a stronger bid in the next round.”

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