Date published: 20th January 2017

The successful bids for Sheringham and Blakeney Channel will receive £10,000 each from Government and become part of a nationwide network of Coastal Community Teams.

Today’s announcement brings the total number of Coastal Community Teams to four in North Norfolk. Back in 2015 CCT funding was approved for Wells-next-the-Sea and the ‘Deep History Coast’ (Weybourne to Cart Gap – centred on Cromer). The bid for Blakeney is a consortium of local organisations primarily concerned with addressing the navigation of the Channel. The Sheringham bid is for a wide range of community organisations to work together to develop innovative ways of maintaining the vitality of the town centre.

In Sheringham, the money for the Coastal Community Team will be used to develop ideas to help keep the town centre and the seafront vibrant and attractive, for example by exploring options for improving lighting on the promenade and possible measures to better accommodate pedestrians in the town centre.

The Sheringham Coastal Community Team will involve Sheringham Town Council, Sheringham Chamber of Trade and Commerce and Norfolk County Council.

In Blakeney the grant will be used to develop a plan for the management of the marine waters inland of Blakeney Point. The first stage of the project will be to develop an Economic Plan, which has to be submitted to the Department by 31st March 2017.

The Blakeney team is keen to involve stakeholders and other interested parties of the local community in this project. The Team membership and structure is currently being developed, with an initial public meeting planned for 21st February 2017 in order to communicate the objectives of the project and to invite comments and volunteers.

The Team plans to communicate further details of this project once the membership of the Team has been formed and following feedback from the community.

The Coastal Community Team initiative is to provide a catalyst for local people to get together to address the needs of their areas and help improve local economic prospects. North Norfolk District Council is happy to support these new teams, to provide help and advice and further assistance in applying for further funding to help put the ideas into action.

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council said: “Sheringham and Blakeney are great locations. North Norfolk has fantastic towns and coastline and has such a lot to offer residents and tourists alike.

“These grants will help Sheringham and Blakeney to develop new projects and schemes which will benefit the economy of the area.”

Last updated: 24th January 2017