Communities and Local Government Committee

Coastal Towns

Coastal Towns

Terms of Reference:

The Committee has resolved to carry out an inquiry into Coastal Towns, with particular reference to the following issues:

1. To examine the case for special initiatives to tackle the needs of coastal towns. 

2. To look at the work ODPM is doing to address the social, housing and environmental problems coastal towns face, and to evaluate whether it is effective, well-focused or adequately funded.

3. To assess the effectiveness of ODPM’s liaison with other departments, in key areas such as employment, migration, and social housing, and co-operation with local authorities.

4. To examine whether there is there a case for more specific regional initiatives, and whether enough attention is paid to regional disparities.

5. To consider the security of future funding for regenerating and supporting coastal towns.

6. To evaluate the success of the RDAs and other bodies in supporting and developing the economies of coastal towns.


Second Report of Session 2006-07, HC 351-I published on 7 March 2007

Written Evidence:

A volume of written submissions received by the Committee up to 27 February was published as  HC 1023-II of Session 2005-06 published on 18 April 2006.

Oral Evidence:

Tuesday 24 October - HC 1023-v

Witnesses: Rt Hon. Margaret Hodge MBE MP, Minister of State, Industry and the Regions, Department of Trade and Industry; Barry Gardiner MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Biodiversity, Landscape and Rural Affairs, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Rt Hon. Richard Caborn MP, Minister of State for Sport, Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Phil Woolas MP, Minister of State, Local Government and Community Cohesion, Department for Communities and Local Government

Tuesday 17 October - HC 1023-iv

Witnesses: Peter Kegg, CIH member and CE of Bournmouth Churches Housing Association, Chartered Institute of Housing; Sophie Livingstone, Head of Policy and Communications, Foyer Federation; Peter Shimwell, Manager of the Redruth Foyer, Foyer Federation; Bill Wells, Economy and Labour Market Divisional Manager, DWP; Jeremy Groombridge, Director Business Design, JobCentre Plus, JobCentre Plus; Dr David King, Director of Water Management, Phil Rothwell, Head of Flood Risk Management, Environment Agency; Peter Marsh, Regional Director of Skills, LSC SE Region, Learning and Skills Council

Tuesday 11 July - HC 1023-iii

Witnesses: Colin Dawson, Chief Executive, BALPPA and Philip Miller MBE, Managing Director of Stockvale Ltd, owners and operators of Adventure Island Amusement Park, Southend on Sea, The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers & Attractions Ltd;  Michael Bedingfield - England Marketing Director and Stuart Barrow - Government Affairs Officer, Visit Britain;  Judith Cligman - Director of Policy and Kate Clarke - Deputy Director, Policy, Heritage Lottery Fund; Duncan McCallum, Policy Director, Policy and Communications Group, English Heritage; Jess Steele, Deputy Chief Executive, British Urban Regeneration Association

Tuesday 4 July - HC 1023-ii

Witnesses: Professor Steve Fothergill MA BPhil, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), Sheffield Hallam University;  James Hassett, Chief Executive, Market and Coastal Towns Association (MCTA); Peter Hampson, Director, British Destinations and Resorts Association (BRADA); Stefan Jankowski, Manager,  Nigel Bellamy, Deputy Chairman, Southport Partnership; Janet Waghorn,  Chief Executive, Paul Tipple, Chairman, East Kent Partnership

Tuesday 27 June - HC 1023-i

Witnesses: Caradon District Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the District of Easington Council; Brighton & Hove City Council, Blackpool Borough Council and the Isle of Wight Council; East of England Development Agency (EEDA), South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), North West Regional Development Agency (NWRDA), and the South West of England Regional Development Agency (SWRDA)

Press Notices:

7/3/2007    Launch of Report

28/02/07    Publication of Report

12/10/06    Committee Visit

4/10/06    Fourth and Fifth Evidence Sessions

5/6/06    Third Evidence Session

28/06/06    Second Evidence Session

20/06/06    First Evidence Session

24/05/06    Committee Visit

7/12/05    New inquiry: Call for Evidence