Lottery boost for the Vale of Glamorgan Heritage Coast
Published 15 January 2015
The Big Lottery has announced that it will be awarding a grant to the Vale of Glamorgan Council to support a project aimed at boosting the employment potential of the Vale of Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
The project, led by the Council’s rural development team Creative Rural Communities, aims to encourage the economic development of UK coastal communities by awarding funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.
£224,760 will be used to support the expansion and creation of micro enterprises in the area. Funding has also been awarded replace the existing slipway at Dunraven Bay in Southerndown, along with storage units for on and off shore activities.
Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We are delighted that the Big Lottery has awarded this grant to support an area often regarded as a hidden gem by many. This project will boost tourism in the area and build upon the excellent work delivered through our Rural Development Programme.”
The Council, through Creative Rural Communities, has recently implemented several projects aimed at raising the profile of the Heritage Coast, including new interpretation at gateway entry points, digital interpretation, and a soon to be launched app.
Director of Development Services, Rob Thomas, said: “We are all very pleased with this announcement. This project will help complement the excellent work already being undertaken in other areas to promote the Vale, such as the recent investment in Barry Island, the recognition awarded to Penarth Pier, and the considerable investment being made by the Council to improve and enhance many of our urban parks.”
The Coastal Communities Fund is funded by the Government with income from the Crown Estate’s marine assets. It is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.