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Lords Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns holds first evidence session

29 June 2018

The recently created Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities takes oral evidence for the first time.

Background

The Committee, appointed to consider the complex challenges faced by seaside towns, is starting its programme of public evidence sessions by talking to officials from three different Government departments.

Witnesses

Tuesday 3 July in Committee Room 2A, Palace of Westminster

At 3.25pm

  • Ben Pledger, Deputy Director, Cities and Local Growth, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Anne Frost, Deputy Director, Private Rented Sector, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Giles Smith, Deputy Director for Heritage, Tourism and Cultural Diplomacy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Beccy Eggleton, Deputy Director, Foundations Team, Industrial Strategy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Possible questions

Questions the Committee are likely to ask include:

  • How is coastal communities policy coordinated across government departments?
  • How much meaningful change has happened to seaside towns as a result of the Coastal Communities Fund?
  • The economies of many seaside towns continue to perform below the national average. What prevents progress?
  • How is tourism being supported and the visitor economy promoted in seaside towns?
  • Transport connectivity is a key issue for many seaside towns. Does the Government's Industrial Strategy include specific plans to improve transport connections for coastal regions?
  • What can be done to improve the quality of housing in seaside towns, and address the legacy of former tourist accommodation?

Further information

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