Cash will help with revival of Gosport’s coast

Gosport Marina ''Picture: Maureen Coles
Gosport Marina ''Picture: Maureen Coles
Bar staff Matt Shaw and Megan McEnroe at Drift on Hayling Island

Old boathouse offers cocktails with a twist and views over the sea

  • Gosport have received a grant to improve its coastal areas
  • The government money will be used by the newly formed Gosport Coastal Community Team to secure further investment in the town
  • Both council leader Mark Hook and MP Caroline Dinenage have welcomed the news
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THE revival of Gosport’s coastal area is one step closer thanks to a government grant.

The town, which has 26 miles of coast surrounding it, received £10,000 which will go towards setting up the Gosport Coastal Community Team.

The team is responsible for creating an economic plan and bringing future investment into the town.

It will build on the work of the emerging town centre business partnership and other established business and community partnerships, including Gosport Marine Scene.

Leader of Gosport Borough Council Mark Hook said: ‘The grant is a good thing for Gosport.

‘The grant will be a drop in the ocean for the amount of money that will be needed for the bus station and town centre project we have but every little helps.

This is a terrific opportunity for us to further solidify our area’s reputation as a fantastic marine location and great place for business and leisure.

Caroline Dinenage

‘This is a stepping stone to the biggest project and regeneration we want to have in Gosport.’

Having received the grant from the Coastal Community Fund in the Department for Communities and Local Government, Gosport can now apply for a bid of up to a £50,000 from the Coastal Revival Fund.

The money can be used to support or restore heritage and facilities sites which benefit the wider community.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage said: ‘This is a terrific opportunity for us to further solidify our area’s reputation as a fantastic marine location and great place for business and leisure.

‘It shows that the government believes in our area, its great economic potential and our strong vision for Gosport’s future.

‘I am looking forward to supporting the team and learning more about its plan for the future.’

South Hayling Island also received a grant from the Coastal Community Fund of £10,000.