Coastal Opportunities Gateway (COG)

What is the Coastal Opportunities Gateway?

The Coastal Opportunities Gateway (or COG) is a project helping to improve the tourism offer and business trading conditions in rural villages at risk from coastal change and climate change.  The £475,000 project is funded by the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund and runs until 30 September 2017.

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Who can benefit from the Coastal Opportunities Gateway?

The Coastal Opportunities Gateway (or COG) is designed to benefit the people who live, work or spend leisure time in undefended villages which are vulnerable to coastal change or climate change or both.  The project will achieve this by:

  • introducing modest visitor infrastructure to villages including Skipsea, Aldbrough, Tunstall, Easington and Kilnsea (from winter 2016)
  • exploring the potential for new beach access points in areas at risk from coastal erosion (possible pilot schemes from spring 2017)
  • delivering free walking events in the villages of Easington, Tunstall, Skipsea, Barmston and Bempton (completed in autumn 2016)
  • engaging with businesses in coastal villages to improve the marketing and environmental resilience of local attractions and services (completed in winter 2016)
  • encouraging a two-way flow of residents and tourists between village centres and clifftop/beach attractions and services (from spring 2016)
  • enhancing a flood defence in Kilnsea (completed in spring 2015). 
Note: under the conditions set out by the project funder, the Coastal Opportunities Gateway cannot fund new coastal defences or issue grants to third parties.

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What free events are taking place through the Coastal Opportunities Gateway?

Details of free events for 2017 will be added here in the coming months.  We will build on the success of free events held in 2016:

  • Business training sessions in Skipsea and Aldbrough on topics including social media, branding, creative marketing and pension/tax legislation (May-November)

  • "Valuing the Environment, Revitalising our Communities" funding workshop, delivered in collaboration with the East and North Yorkshire Waterways Partnership and supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund, and Groundwork Hull (May)

  • Guided walks with The Ramblers, RSPB and Flamborough Head Management Scheme, delivered as part of the Visit Hull and East Yorkshire Walking and Outdoors Festival (September) 

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Can I influence how the Coastal Opportunities Gateway invests in coastal villages?

Yes!  We welcome ideas for improving links between village centres and the coast, and preparing coastal communities for the opening of the England Coast Path in summer 2018.  We received suggestions during public events in Aldbrough, Skipsea, Tunstall/Roos and Easington during April and May 2016.  We are now working with local people and consultants to take forward the most desirable, practical and affordable options.  To put forward your own ideas for making the villages even better places in which to live, work or spend free time, please contact:

Joel Stockton
Coastal Opportunities Gateway Officer

Tel: (01482) 391757
Email: cog@eastriding.gov.uk

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Can the Coastal Opportunities Gateway help my business?

Although the Coastal Opportunities Gateway project no longer employs a dedicated business adviser, you may qualify for the Council's general business support, advice or training.  For further information please visit our business advice page.

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Where can I find additional information about the Coastal Opportunities Gateway?

To learn more about the Coastal Opportunities Gateway (COG) project, please contact:

Joel Stockton
Coastal Opportunities Gateway Officer

Tel: (01482) 391757
Email: cog@eastriding.gov.uk

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