MORE than 50 new jobs will be created after a South Tyneside beauty spot won a £1.5m cash boost.
South Tyneside Council has been awarded the grant by the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund to spruce up access points and the public space between the promenades at Littlehaven and Sandhaven beaches in South Shields.
The upgrading work will include new seating areas for the public and soft and hard landscaping areas, with 52 workers to be hired to carry out the revamp.
Coun John Anglin, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for regeneration and economy, says the Westminster windfall is proof that the seafront is becoming a growing visitor attraction.
Coun Anglin said: “It is absolutely fantastic that we have won the money. It is wonderful to get the funding.
“It will be used to regenerate the public space between Littlehaven and Sandhaven Beaches and further connect the two.
“There will be a lot of improvement work carried out, including new seating areas and hard and soft landscaping areas.
“It shows that South Shields is being recognised as an area which is becoming a real attraction for visitors.”
The cash injection will be further boost for the seafront, coming after the completion of the £5m Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall last April.
The Coastal Communities Fund was created in 2012 to invest in seaside towns to help them achieve their economic potential, reduce unemployment and create new opportunities for young people in their local area.
More than £90m has been allocated by the Coastal Communities Fund to projects around England’s coast.
Danny Alexander MP, the Government’s Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: “I created the Coastal Communities Fund because, as someone who grew up on a small island, I know how much difference targeted investment can make to people’s lives.
“It’s already supported scores of coastal communities from the Highlands of Scotland to the south coast of England.”