IN what Borders MP MIchael Moore has described as “a real boost to the local economy”, three local projects have received a share in over £225,000 from a Government fund which was launched in St Abbs earlier this year.
the Coastal Communities Fund was set up to promote the economic development of coastal communities by distributing 50 per cent of the revenues raised per year by the Crown Estate’s marine activities and a chunk of this money has now been divided amongst Eyemouth Harbour Trust (£115,487) Eyemouth Museum Trust Limited (£60,000) and Seton Care (£50,000).
The harbour trust will use the grant to part-fund the manufacture, supply and installation of a new pontoon to facilitate growth in sail, dive and cruise tourism markets.
The project aims to attract up to 3,600 additional visitors to the port each year and increase income generation from tourism which will support local business growth and create employment opportunities in East Berwickshire.
Speaking to ‘The Berwickshire’ in buoyant mood, the trust’s business manager, Christine Bell commented: “We are delighted that Coastal Communities Fund has awarded the trust this money which will enable us to double the existing pontoon availability.
“Linked with other work we are undertaking it will make the Eyemouth Harbour more attractive and accessible to visiting yachts and other leisure vessels, and it will improve the service to the dive charter boats working out of Eyemouth.”
Seton Care, a subsiduary of BHA Housing, will use its £50,000 to develop training opportunities for young people in tourism in the east Berwickshire area.
BHA still need to receive match funding for the scheme, which they hope will come courtesty of the People and Communities Fund, having recently submitted an application.
“We want to support Eyemouth in its bid to become even more attractive for tourists and we see our contribution as helping to train local young people to work in those industries,” said BHA chief executive Helen Forsyth.
“We are really excited to get this money and really hope to add to work already going on with young people developed by Youth Connect Borders.”
The Eyemouth Museum Trust will use their funding to develop the Manse Road visitor attraction and Michael Moore MP said he hoped all three grants would be of great benefit to Berwickshire and tourists who choose to come to the region.
He commented: “Berwickshire has so much to offer tourists so I welcome that these grants will facilitate the building of a new pontoon and the development of the museum in Eyemouth, both of which will boost the local tourism industry.
“The funding given to Seton Care will also provide vital training and work opportunities for young people, which is great news for the local area.
“I want to congratulate the three groups for their success in securing this funding and I look forward to the benefits which the projects will bring to the local community and the local economy.
“I will also continue to work with other communities in Berwickshire such as St Abbs and Burnmouth ahead of the next round of CCF funding.”