Mike Crockart, MP for Edinburgh West, has welcomed today’s announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, of a new Coastal Communities Fund to support the economic development of coastal communities, which includes £4 million for Scotland.
The Fund will support a wide range of projects, including those that focus on charities, the environment, education and health. It will be financed by the Government through the allocation of funding equivalent to 50 per cent of the revenues from the Crown Estate’s marine activities in each country of the UK, with separate funding for England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Highlands and Islands, and the rest of Scotland.
Mr Crockart said, "Coastal communities, like South Queensferry in my constituency, have always been and continue to be of great importance to Scotland not just in financial terms but also culturally.
“Today two iconic bridges span the Forth at Queensferry and it is best known as a tourist hotspot but its history is steeped in its status as a fishing and trading port. The community is still very active and close knit and I welcome the support that this Fund will give to local projects in coastal areas like South Queensferry.
“The Fund to support economic development will be open from 2012 and innovative bids from charities, businesses, social enterprises and local organisations will be invited shortly. I hope that South Queensferry will be part of this exciting new opportunity.”