||<p>We are committed to supporting coastal communities to unlock barriers to their
development and growth, and to strengthen their appeal as places to live, work and
visit.</p><p>On 23 March, we announced a £36 million funding boost for coastal communities
supporting 70 projects around the English coastline. <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/james-brokenshire-announces-over-36-million-for-the-great-british-coast"
included a £663,000 Coastal Communities Fund Round 5 grant towards a £925,000 project
(“Unlocking the Essex Coast Path”) to promote the Essex coast as a high quality visitor
destination with a diverse tourism offer. Resorts along the Essex coast, including
Clacton, will benefit from the project.</p><p>The Government will have invested over
£200 million in the Great British Coast by 2020 through dedicated programmes like
the Coastal Communities Fund and the Coastal Revival Fund, to help generate jobs and
boost businesses and bring iconic or at-risk heritage and community assets back into
economic use. This investment is having tangible results in our coastal towns. The
Coastal Communities Fund alone has invested over £218 million in 354 projects across
the UK since 2012. The Fund is helping to create or safeguard over 18,000 UK jobs
and generate £363 million in new visitor spend.</p><p>Since 2015 we have provided
£1.46 million to help establish 146 Coastal Community Teams around the English coastline.
These Teams ensure the local community works together with the local authority, businesses,
and local stakeholders to agree priorities for economic development in their area.
Jaywick Sands Coastal Community Team was established in 2015 and is working to create
a “new coastal village”, seeking to improve housing and social conditions for local
residents, and stimulate a change in market conditions.</p>