Coastal communities across the country on 22 February 2016 unveiled over 100 radical plans in a drive to boost growth, jobs and prosperity – from building a new history centre in Plymouth to redesigning the high street in Scarborough.
More than 11 million people live in coastal communities, from major cities to seaside villages. The tourism industry alone accounts for the employment of 250,000 people across 150 seaside resorts, and contributes £4bn to the UK economy.
Now the government is supporting ‘local coastal community teams’ to help revive towns and deliver their plans for future economic growth.
Over 100 local economic plans have been submitted with ideas including:
- Plymouth – who will build a brand new history centre to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage to America. They will also secure investment to kick start a number of projects, including new digital hot spots across the city, restructuring the waterfront and encouraging a cycling culture
- Folkestone – who will get local people’s views about what makes their town great and use that to work with marketing specialists in developing a new town brand. They will also enhance the living environment through public art and green space landscaping, and support start-ups through a new business hub; and
- Scarborough – who will restructure their high street, redeveloping derelict floor space and bringing good-quality new homes into the city centre
Communities Secretary Greg Clark said:
“Our Great British Coast has enormous economic potential and we are determined to see it thrive all year round – not just in the summer months.
“The huge number of plans submitted, demonstrate the wave of optimism, and wealth of creative and practical ideas to boost economic lift-off.
“I now want to see their hard work and enthusiasm come to fruition by helping to deliver their ideas through the Coastal Community teams.”