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£2.1 million funding to boost Gloucestershire harbour project

More than £2 million has been won towards an ambitious scheme to develop a Gloucestershire harbour.

The Government has announced more than £10 million for what it calls "five transformational projects" from its Coastal Communities Fund.

The cash boost will support coastal projects in Gloucestershire, as well as Cumbria, Dorset, Kent and Suffolk, to create jobs, boost tourism, improve transport and protect much-loved coastal heritage sites.

The fund helps to develop and improve local attractions, create jobs and promote socio-economic growth.

Some £2.1 million of that funding is for what is called the Destination Lydney Harbour project.

"The project will create safe, attractive transport routes into the harbour and develop the area as a recreation and tourism destination," said the Government statement.

"This includes improved signage, art displays and an arts-based walking trail. Existing buildings will be upgraded with new toilets, a heritage information point and a new café.

"Mooring and seating points will be installed and improvements made to cycle routes, highway and station approaches and canal and harbour docks. Also planned is a community rowing boat building project.

Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, said: "Building on our £228 million investment into coastal communities, the projects receiving funding today were designed by local people who know best what will bring the biggest benefit to their community.

"Their fantastic ideas demonstrate the raw potential of our coastal towns and will help create good jobs, boost economic growth and improve people's lives as we leave the EU on 31 October."

According to the Government the Coastal Communities Fund projects announced today are forecast to support nearly 1,000 jobs and attract up to £7.9 million in additional investment from public and private sector sources.

This latest announcement brings the total Coastal Communities Fund investment to £228 million which is supporting 359 projects across the UK forecast to create over 20,000 jobs.

The government has also supported 184 "at risk" coastal heritage assets such as seafront piers, promenades, lighthouses, lidos and marinas with a further £7.5 million investment from the Coastal Revival Fund to allow them to reach their full economic potential.

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