Eastbourne to pilot ‘coastal team’ project to kick-start economy and create jobs

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The first pioneering towns to pilot dedicated coastal teams that will kick-start local economies and create jobs have been announced today (March 20).

Twelve coastal communities from Penzance to North Tyneside – including Eastbourne – will set up teams to drive forward their long-term vision to revitalise their area and make the most of its potential to create new businesses.

The Eastbourne Coastal Community Team 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 over-arching projects that contribute to these regeneration objectives.

Coastal towns and villages often have individual projects underway that seek to boost the local economy – such as a publicly funded skills scheme, a high street revival programme or plans by the council – but they can often work in isolation.

These teams will bring all these elements together and ensure that for the first time local people, councils and businesses are coordinated in tackling the specific challenges each place faces and developing a strategy for future success.

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 which will benefit the entire community. This includes taking advantage of our new heritage revival fund to boost neglected coastal assets and attract private investment.

“I urge other seaside towns to come forward and create one of these new innovative, forward-thinking teams to ensure they make the most of their potential.”

Along with each being awarded £10,000 to kick-start work, the teams will also be able to bid for a share of the new £3m coastal revival fund to support or restore local heritage and facilities which benefit the wider community and the surrounding economy.

More details of how other areas can become a Coastal Community Team are published.

The coastal teams build on the hugely successful town team model for high streets which is successfully revitalising town centres across the country and will receive advice and support from the Coastal Communities Alliance.

Nicola Radford from the Coastal Communities Alliance said, “This is excellent news and the Alliance is delighted to play a key role in leading the Coastal Community Teams programme. 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.”