£99,000 has been granted by the Government towards an £840,000 project to create a micro brewery, micro museum, café, gallery and shops on the High Street in Sandown.
Innovative businesses, historic buildings, new museums and the restoration of much-loved coastal heritage sites are a few of the projects benefiting from a major injection of more than £36million funding for coastal communities nationally announced today (Saturday).
The investment in the South East includes over £2.7 million from the Coastal Communities Fund and £337,500 from the Coastal Revival Fund.
Here on the Isle of Wight, The Common Space at Sandown are the recipients of £99,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund. This will help fund the ‘Bay Micro Brewery and Micro Museum’.
Ian Boyd of The Common Space says:
“This is such fantastic news and we’re really pleased that we can add another step to the revival of our wonderful town!
“We’re grateful to the Isle of Wight Council for supporting our bid and to all the individuals and organisations who are working so hard to make The Bay a place where great projects and successes are sure to keep on coming!
“The brewery and museum, and the super new high street venue they create, will celebrate our local natural and cultural heritage, from curious collections and beer botanicals to The Snark!”
“The key thing is that we have the funds to build the venue and create the jobs, and it’s then up to the team to make it the public asset we all want it to be, alongside a self-sufficient enterprise!”
Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:
“I am determined to support investment and development of our coastal communities across the South East and create an economy that works for everyone as we prepare for Brexit and beyond.
“All of the ambitious projects receiving funding today were designed and developed by local people who know what will make the biggest difference to their areas.
“The sheer range of ideas demonstrate the potential of our coastal communities and will all create good jobs, boost growth and improve people’s lives now and in the future.”
Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry MP said:
“This is an investment in the future of our coastal communities which builds on their rich heritage and huge potential.
“The world-class attractions and innovative businesses supported by the Coastal Community Fund and the Coastal Revival Fund will increase tourism, encourage investment and ensure people thrive up and down the Great British Coast.”
Today’s investment in coastal communities builds on the Government’s commitment to ensure people have the opportunities to prosper no matter where they live. The Government recently announced the South East will receive at least £37 million from the new Stronger Towns Fund, a £1.6 billion investment which will enable new Town Deals across England, and the delivery of locally led projects creating new jobs, providing further training and boosting local growth.