Coastal Communities cash for Cumbria

THE Cumbrian town Whitehaven is receiving  Government cash to boost its economy.

The £450,000 from the the Coastal Communities Fund will help renovate the Rosehill Theatre and create a new contemporary arts centre and restaurant.

The project will include the creation of a contemporary front of house area, exhibition space, café and an enlarged foyer. The theatre’s auditorium, foyer and dressing-rooms will also be renovated.

The project will create 15t jobs, safeguard five jobs and create 16 indirect jobs.

The Coastal Communities Fund has to date already spent £62m  on supporting local enterprises and infrastructure.

Coastal communities Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “Revitalising our seaside towns to be vibrant economies year-round is part of the government’s long-term economic plan. The project to build a new contemporary arts centre in Whitehaven will bring new business opportunities that create local jobs, boost the local economy and attract visitors to the area.”

The Coastal Communities Fund was launched in 2012 to invest in seaside towns and villages, helping them achieve their economic potential, reduce unemployment and create new opportunities for young people in their local area.