Vale Coastal Communities receive funding boost


27 October 2015


The Vale of Glamorgan Council has received a funding windfall of over £224,000 to provide an economic boost to its coastal communities.



The award has been made from the Big Lottery’s Coastal Communities Fund which aims to encourage sustainable job creation in coastal communities across the UK. In keeping with the spirit in which the award was made and at time where such funding is scarce, the Vale of Glamorgan Council was determined to use the money as a catalyst to boost leisure tourism in the area.  


With this in mind the local authority has moved quickly to put this money to good use with work already underway to improve pedestrian access to Southerndown’s Dunraven Bay – rebuilding the slipway that had been eroded over time by the sea and was desperately in need of repair.  The Council has also invested in five large storage units with the capacity to securely accommodate water sport equipment such as surfboards. 


Commenting Councillor Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration said, “The Vale’s Jurassic coastline at Southerndown is hugely popular with visitors throughout the year and is long-established as something of a surfers’ paradise.   It was felt however, that a lack of infrastructure to accommodate and encourage water sports and other recreational activities was something of a missed opportunity and that this was hindering the potential for economic growth in the area.  The award that we’ve received from the Coastal Communities Fund will allow us to provide a real platform for economic growth and create new job opportunities in the locality."


She added, “I’m very excited by these developments.  Sometimes, one significant investment like this can have a domino effect in attracting new jobs and further investment.”


For further information about the Big Lottery Coastal Communities Fund please visit the Big Lottery Fund website.


If you're interested in the project, are a Glamorgan Heritage Coast business and would like some support, or just want to know more about it, please contact Creative Rural Communities Email: Facebook: Creative Rural Communities Twitter: @ruralvale