Eastbourne has been chosen as one of 12 UK towns to pilot a new dedicated coastal team that will kick-start local economies and create jobs.
The new government scheme aims to see 12 Coastal Community Teams set up across the country with the aim of driving forward their town’s long-term vision to revitalise the area and make the most of its potential to create new businesses.
Each Coastal Community Team will receive £10,000 to kick-start work and the teams will also be able to bid for a share of the new £3 million coastal revival fund to support or restore local heritage and facilities that benefit the wider community and the surrounding economy.
A spokesperson for Eastbourne Borough Council said, “Eastbourne Borough Council will set up a Coastal Community Team that will build on the significant momentum already developed to enhance the economic, environmental and social regeneration of the town. The council is keen to work with the team delivering overarching projects that contribute to these regeneration objectives.”
The other 11 areas chosen to pioneer the project are Blackpool, Brighton and Hove, Felixstowe, North Shields Fish Quay, Hull, Ipswich, Jaywick, Lincolnshire, Lowestoft, Penzance and Redcar-Coatham.
Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt said, “Supporting seaside towns to unlock their enormous potential, boost local economies and contribute to the wider area is an important part of the government’s long-term economic plan.
These coastal teams will be crucial in driving forward ideas, harnessing local expertise and tapping into new business opportunities that will benefit the entire community.Penny Mordaunt
“These coastal teams will be crucial in driving forward ideas, harnessing local expertise and tapping into new business opportunities that will benefit the entire community. This includes taking advantage of our new heritage revival fund to boost neglected coastal assets and attract private investment.”
The government also runs a Coastal Communities Fund that, with around £116million, is funding 211 specific projects across the UK, creating almost 12,400 jobs and more than 6,000 training places and apprenticeships.
It is hoped the new Coastal Communities Teams will bring together all the individual projects to ensure local people, councils and businesses are coordinated in tackling the specific challenges each place faces and developing a strategy for future success.
Nicola Radford from the Coastal Communities Alliance, which will offer advice and support the Coastal Community Teams, said, “This is excellent news. This programme recognises the important role local communities play in attracting visitors and investment to coastal areas.
“I look forward to seeing the innovative ideas and successful initiatives that will arise from the creation of these teams.”