MORE than 40 councils in coastal areas of the UK have demanded a £1bn “kick-start” from the government to help recover from the impact of coronavirus.

Eastbourne and East Sussex County Council have not taken part. It is not clear why.

Some other councils in Sussex have.

In a letter to the chancellor, they say the money could create almost 74,000 jobs by developing zero-emission ships and offshore wind farms.

This would help “economically at-risk” communities, they add.

The leaders who signed the letter are from:

Aberdeen City Council; Argyll and Bute Council; Arun District Council; Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council; Brighton and Hove City Council; Carmarthenshire County Council; City and County of Swansea Council; Conwy County Borough Council; Cornwall Council; Cumbria County Council; Devon County Council; Dundee City Council; Dumfries and Galloway Council; Durham County Council; East Renfrewshire Council; Fareham Borough Council; Hampshire County Council; Hull City Council; Inverclyde Council; Newcastle City Council; North Devon Council; North East Lincolnshire Council; North Norfolk District Council; Northumberland County Council; Orkney Islands Council; Perth and Kinross Council; Plymouth City Council; Portsmouth City Council; Shetland Islands Council; South Tyneside Council; Southampton City Council; Teignbridge District Council; Thanet District Council; The Highland Council; West Sussex County Council; Wirral Council; Ynys Môn Council

The mayors who signed the letter are from:

Belfast; North of Tyne Combined Authority; Liverpool City Region; Ards and North Down Borough Council; West of England Combined Authority

Other signatories are:

The convener of Fife Council’s economy, tourism, strategic planning and transportation committee; the chairman of the Mersey Dee Alliance