More than £900,000 funding to promote Essex’s coastal path and create jobs

Date: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Rochford District Council has welcomed a funding boost of more than £900,000 to promote the Essex Coast and its coastal path.

A grant of  £663,565 has been awarded from the Government's Coastal Communities Fund to Essex County Council, which will support the ‘Path to Prosperity Project’. A further £261,331 in cash match funding will be financed by Essex County Council and other project partners.

This initiative aims to raise awareness of our coastline as a high quality visitor destination, including the stunning RSPB Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project which is recognised as the largest landmark conservation and engineering scheme of its type in Europe. 

Rochford District Council’s Strategic Director, Angela Hutchings, said: “We congratulate Essex County Council on their successful bid and are pleased to be supporting them to bring more visitors to our beautiful River Crouch coastline and the RSPB Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project, in Rochford, which provides a haven for a wonderful array of nationally and internationally important wildlife.”

The ‘Path to Prosperity Project’ is designed to act as a catalyst for economic growth and regeneration, creating 277 jobs while also converting 20 apprenticeship posts to 15 direct jobs. The funding will also help to target businesses along the coastal path with commercial support. 

Ms Hutchings added: “This project will include the highlighting of destinations within the Rochford District to obtain refreshment near the coast, and therefore we look forward to working with Essex County Council to realise this opportunity for our rural businesses and to benefit the local economy.  

“We will also encourage our eligible businesses to access the customer service training that will be available through this project to improve our overall visitor offer.”