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COASTAL COMMUNITIES FUND ROUND 5
The Berwick Coastal Community Team (BCCT) is pleased to report that a total of four project proposals from Berwick will be submitted as Stage 1 applications to the Coastal Communities Fund which has £40 Million of funding available for projects in England from April 2019 to the end of March 2021.
The project proposals have been endorsed by the BCCT, reflecting their ‘strategic fit’ with the Berwick Economic Plan 2017. These capital and revenue proposals vary in scale, a brief outline of each proposal is given below. All the Berwick proposals submitted to the current funding round will help to develop and promote the towns tourism ‘offer’ which addresses the Economic Plan Priority to ‘Invest in Destination Tourism’.
Round 5 Stage 1 Project Proposals:
Berwick ‘Welcome Visitor’;
The project aims to establish Berwick as a ‘you must go there’ visitor destination, increase visitor footfall, encourage extended visitor stay and extend the current visitor season by delivering a programme of refreshed visitor marketing, an extended and enhanced events calendar, new visitor product and service developments and marketing and skills support for local tourism businesses.
Transforming Berwick Barracks (Phase 1);
The project aims to transform Berwick’s Grade 1 listed Barracks (opened in 1721) into a landmark tourist attraction benefitting the whole of the Eastern Borders. Phase1 focuses on refurbishing the Officers Mess to provide a modern destination catering facility on the site and support improved external marketing of the site in order to help attract more visitors.
Cruise Ship Passenger and Visitor Terminal plus Coach Park;
The project aims to create a quality terminal facility to receive visiting cruise ship passengers and tourists alike and provide a vehicle park to accommodate excursion coaches.
Berwick’s Marine Highway Project – Bridging the Firth of Forth to Tyneside by sea;
The project aims to develop a pontoon facility on the River Tweed. This will create moorings for up to 12 yachts on the historic quayside, enhancing the towns visitor economy.
Chairman of the BCCT, Julien Lake ‘ Local partners have responded to a challenging timescale to develop a range of project proposals to develop Berwick’s tourism and visitor offer and ensure the town gains the maximum economic benefit from the visitor economy’.
‘ Individually, each project will help to create and develop Berwick as a visitor destination. Collectively, these projects present a ‘step change’ programme of activities which will help deliver the ambition of the Berwick Economic Plan which is to ensure Berwick is a vibrant and successful place for businesses, residents and visitors alike’.
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