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How can the decline of seaside towns be reversed?


What are the biggest challenges faced by seaside towns and communities? How can persistent socio-economic deprivation across many coastal areas be addressed? Is there a danger that promoting tourism has been overstated as a solution to the problems they face?

These are some of the questions the House of Lords Regenerating Seaside Towns Committee will be asking a panel of witnesses on Tuesday 10 July 2018.

At 3.25pm the Committee will hear from:

  • Nicola Radford, Lead Officer, Coastal Communities Alliance
  • Bridget Betts, Environmental Advice Team Leader for Dorset County Council and representative from the Dorset Coastal Community Team
  • Helen Thompson, Investment Manager Partnership & Engagement, North East Lincolnshire Council and representative of North East Lincolnshire Coastal Communities Team.

Other questions the Committee is likely to ask include:

  • What are the core aims of the Coastal Communities Alliance?
  • How will seaside towns and communities benefit from the Government's Industrial Strategy?
  • Does the Coastal Communities Fund provide enough resource to support meaningful changes? Is the bidding process transparent enough and easy to engage with? Does the Fund need to change?
  • What other sources of funding are available to support the regeneration of seaside towns and communities?
  • Are there any examples of interventions that have successfully stimulated local economic growth? 

This evidence session, which is open to the public, will take place at 3.25pm on Tuesday 10 July 2018 in Committee Room 2A of the House of Lords.

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