Coastal cash for Whitehaven project
Twenty jobs are to be created and secured in Whitehaven after a scheme to create a new arts centre and restaurant secured government funding.
Rosehill Arts Trust has been awarded £450,000 from the government's Coastal Communities Fund to upgrade a section of the Rosehill Theatre.
It will involve the creation of a new front of house, exhibition space, café and enlarged foyer. The theatre's auditorium and dressing rooms will also be renovated.
The project is set to create 15 direct jobs, safeguard a further five and create 16 indirect positions. It is one of three schemes across the country to secure a share of almost £3m.
Coastal communities minister Penny Mordaunt said: "Revitalising our seaside towns to be vibrant economies year-round is part of the government’s long-term economic plan.
"These projects will bring new business opportunities that create local jobs, boost the local economy and encourage flood protection."
Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, added: "Coastal communities are a glorious part of Britain’s heritage and economy - contributing £4bn to the country each year - so I designed the Coastal Communities Fund to ensure that we can maintain their vibrancy for residents and tourists alike in the future."
The Rosehill Theatre opened in 1959.