Helping the local economy
Alongside our two purposes to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage; and to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of National Parks by the public, we also have a duty to foster the economic and social well-being of the local communities. We work with local businesses through various initiatives to support the economy sustainably.
We are supporting tourism businesses in and around the National Park through the North York Moors Tourism Network, managed on a voluntary basis by Susan Briggs, Director of The Tourism Network Ltd. It's very informal, with no charge to join, and it's designed to benefit tourism businesses who wish to capitalise on their location in/near the North York Moors.
The North York Moors National Park Authority secured £10,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government to form a Coastal Community Team to help revive our seaside villages and decide where investment should be channelled. Working with local businesses, communities, parishes and local authorities, our Economic Plan has identified priority projects to best develop the local tourism sector.
The North York Moors National Park Authority, in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council, has managed and delivered two consecutive LEADER Programmes since 2008. In total more than £5 million of LEADER funding has been provided through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). This has been used to help lever in an additional £5 million of funds and investment meaning in total, over £10 million has been invested in our communities, businesses and local environment.
Each Programme has been different in its focus and priorities. The first programme, from 2007-2014, focused on social and community based activity; the more recent programme, 2015-2020, supported local growth opportunities and the creation of new jobs under six priority areas including farm productivity, rural tourism and micro and small enterprise.
The North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER area covered the North York Moors, National Park, the Howardian Hills AONB, the Vale of Pickering, the Hambleton Hills, East Cleveland and the Heritage Coast from Saltburn in the north to Filey in the south.
Decisions on all grant applications were made by the Executive Group – a group of members representing public bodies as well as voluntary groups and private members representing sectoral interests including agriculture, small business and tourism.
On behalf of the North York Moors Rural Coastal Community Team, we secured a £275,000 grant from the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) for the 'Moor to Sea: new activities and niches on the North York Moors Coast’ project. Running for just under two years (May 2017 to March 2019), the project aimed to support at least 140 businesses and create 105 indirect jobs along the coastline between Saltburn and Cloughton.
We secured a £166,000 grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development for 'Destination Partnerships Moors and Dales', a partnership project working with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and Nidderdale and Howardian Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Running for just under two years (until August 2019), the project supported more than 300 businesses with an aim to boost rural tourism.
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