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EUROPEAN MONEY POSSIBLE FOR DECLINING ESSEX VILLAGE

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A once thriving holiday centre, Jaywick Sands in Essex, is now the subject of a fundraising drive to save it from t...
A once thriving holiday centre, Jaywick Sands in Essex, is now the subject of a fundraising drive to save it from terminal decline, reports The Independent's public sector finance section (p16).

Comparing the area with a third world shanty town, the paper describes Tendring DC's application to Rural Challenge, the annual competition which awards six successful bidders with £1m each, to tackle rural deprivation.

Tendring DC director of planning Roger Stewart told the paper: 'Quite a lot of people are proud of the area, but despair of the problems, which need money to deal with. But a local authority has not got the money to do it.'

Bidders for the Rural Challenge prize are encouraged to attract more funds from other sources, including Europe.

Jaywick Sands would not, says the paper, attract grants because it is not recognised as a general area of deprivation qualifying for European Structural Funds.
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