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Boost for deprived seaside resort

Dover is in need of social and economic regeneration

A multi-million pound regeneration grant from the government has been announced for a coastal town in Kent.

Up to 4m will be invested in Dover for cultural and heritage projects by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).

It is one of three towns - along with Blackpool, Lancashire and Torbay, Devon - to benefit from Sea Change, a new fund for deprived coastal towns.

It is hoped the grants will help attract wider economic regeneration.

Sea Change is a three-year programme to give 45m to coastal resorts with social and economic deprivation in need of regeneration.

Hidden treasures

Blackpool, Dover and Torbay were identified by CABE in partnership with the Regional Development Agencies as priority areas for regeneration with projects in development.

The Sea Change programme also includes up to 12 smaller match funding grants of 200,000 to 1,000,000 available to other coastal towns, with a June deadline for applications.

Culture Secretary Andy Burnham said: "Our seaside resorts are much loved and an integral part of English culture.

"But some of them are looking a bit faded and no longer attract as many visitors as they did.

"Many hold hidden treasures and this money provides a much needed boost to the resorts."


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