20 Jan

Seaside towns set for government cash

Seaside towns set for government cash

Several English seaside towns are to receive regeneration cash, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced.

The department has unveiled plans to grant £12 million under the Sea Change Programme to the towns of Southport, Great Yarmouth, Bridlington and Hastings, which will be invested in cultural and heritage projects.

Culture and tourism minister Barbara Follett said: "The projects in these four towns will help to attract new visitors and business opportunities in the whole area as well as giving people pride in their community and protecting their heritage."

Such investment may help improve the quality of life for those living in and around these towns, something that could help boost house prices.

Locations that have already received money under the scheme include Blackpool, Torbay and Dover.

Last year's Halifax review of seaside town prices found that nine of the ten highest-priced seaside towns were in the south-west of England, with the list being topped by Sandbanks in Dorset.

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