Marazion and St Michael’s Mount Coastal Community Team has celebrated the formal launch of its partnership which brings together Cornwall Council, Marazion Town Council, St Aubyn Estates, and the National Trust.

The team is committed to maximising the opportunities that the area’s significant visitor attractions and heritage assets can continue to bring to the community in social, economic and environmental terms. It will also be seeking to address some of the key challenges such as seasonality, transport, traffic management, shoreline management and facility infrastructure for visitors and residents.

The Department of Communities and Local Government has recognised the team and awarded an initial grant of £10,000 to support the development of local solutions to the economic issues facing this unique coastal community.

Sue Nicholas, Cornwall Councillor for Marazion and Perranuthnoe, said: “I am so pleased that our bid to become a Coastal Community Team has been successful. It demonstrates what can be achieved when Marazion Town Council, St Aubyns Estate, myself and the Localism Team along with other partners work closely for the benefit of our community. It opens new exciting opportunities and I look forward to a vibrant future for the area.”

Andrew Davey, St Aubyn Estates head of land and property, said: “St Aubyn Estates is delighted to hear that Marazion has been successful with the Coastal Community bid, which reflects well on the exciting local partnership now working for the long term benefit of Marazion's residents and businesses. The estate looks forward to continuing to work closely with the town council, Cornwall Councillor Sue Nicholas and other partners.”

Martin Britten, Marazion' mayor, added: “Marazion Town Council is pleased to be working with St Aubyn Estates and various other Marazion bodies, for the benefit of the town, tourism and coastal defence. This partnership has been reflected in the successful coastal community bid. We look forward to a long and productive partnership bringing benefits to all parties and the people of Marazion.

"Marazion Town Council would like to thank our Cornwall Councillor Sue Nicholas for all the hard work she does supporting Marazion and its partners in this bid and numerous other occasions when her knowledge of council processes and her ability to get things done and questions answered, when lesser councillors would have given up.”

Marazion and St Michael’s Mount is one of 16 Coastal Community Teams in Cornwall which have each been awarded £10,000 from the DCLG to support regeneration projects in their area. In 2015, 118 Coastal Community Teams were created, and given a share of £1.18 million to help drive forward coastal areas growth.

Last year, every Coastal Community Team unveiled radical economic plans covering areas like housing, business opportunities, jobs and skills, health and civic pride. This planning has meant the teams are attracting significant investment. Already they have secured over £3 million through the Coastal Revival Fund, which has helped restore 35 heritage sites – from lighthouses to lidos – back to their former glory.

Now thanks to their success, the government is creating a further 28 teams across the country.