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    1. 1. Coastal Towns Project Scoping phase July 2008 <ul><li>Dominic Campbell </li></ul><ul><li>Project manager, FutureGov </li></ul> Photo:
    2. 2. There'll be buckets, spades and bingo, cockles, mussels, rainy days, seaweed and sand castles, icy waves, Deck chairs, rubber dinghies, old vests, braces dangling down, sun-tanned stranded starfish in a daze. Oh Blackpool, oh Blackpool. “ Up the ‘Pool”, Roy Harper (1996) Seaside sunshine It's a warm day, the sun is shining Someone says 'let's go to Brighton’… We left a London a-where it's hot We're heading for our favourite spot Down on the coast way past the town of Crawley Where the breeze blows and the air tastes of the sea We a-walk along the promenade pier Spend a pound or two on fun and beer Then look around, see what we can see Bikini girls and everybody smiling happily “ The Seaside Shuffle”, Terry Dactyl and The Dinosaurs (1972)
    3. 3. Trudging slowly over wet sand Back to the bench where your clothes were stolen This is the coastal town That they forgot to close down Armageddon - come armageddon! Come, armageddon! come! Everyday is like sunday Everyday is silent and grey Hide on the promenade Etch a postcard : How I dearly wish I was not here In the seaside town ...that they forgot to bomb Come, come, come - nuclear bomb Coastal erosion “ Everyday is like Sunday” Morrissey (1988) The seaside needs us more than ever “ Seaside”, Ordinary Boys (2004)
    4. 4. <ul><li>Project background </li></ul><ul><li>Scoping the project </li></ul><ul><li>Key policy initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Priorities and policy headlines </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul>Agenda
    5. 5. Project background
    6. 6. <ul><li>Many English coastal towns have been experiencing a long-term economic and social decline </li></ul><ul><li>Since 2005 there has been a resurgence in interest in policy for coastal towns at a national level </li></ul><ul><li>Policy remains in early stages of development at national level, in the past tending to focus on ‘hard’ regeneration fixes with little attention paid to wider place shaping agenda until very recently </li></ul><ul><li>Coastal Towns project aims to support and supplement current policy development in this field with particular focus on working with local authorities responsible for coastal towns to develop place shaping strategies </li></ul>Summary
    7. 7. <ul><li>To supplement current national policy work on coastal towns and seaside resorts </li></ul><ul><li>To support the delivery of an agenda for action for place shaping in English coastal areas </li></ul><ul><li>To raise the profile of coastal towns in national policy </li></ul><ul><li>To identify some of the key issues and challenges facing local authorities managing coastal towns </li></ul><ul><li>To support local leaders to develop organisational capacity and place shaping strategies and to ensure the future success of coastal areas </li></ul>Project aims
    8. 8. <ul><li>This project will focus on a number of key research questions including: </li></ul><ul><li>What makes a coastal town successful and how can their local authorities identify and build on their key factors of competitive advantage? </li></ul><ul><li>Conversely, where are coastal towns currently failing in Britain and why? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the key barriers to success (skills, transport etc)? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the characteristics of the resident and visitor populations of coastal towns? How does this impact on the success of these towns? </li></ul><ul><li>How can coastal towns work better together to ensure success? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the key challenges for leadership and place shaping within coastal local authorities? </li></ul>Key research questions
    9. 9. Scoping the project
    10. 10. <ul><li>Headline quantitative analysis and benchmarking of coastal areas using Local Futures’ Local Knowledge system </li></ul><ul><li>Conversations with group of local authorities and other stakeholder organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Review of existing coastal towns related groups and partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>High level literature review of policy landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Project blog </li></ul>Scoping phase activities
    11. 11. <ul><li>East Sussex County Council </li></ul><ul><li>East Lindsey Council </li></ul><ul><li>Canterbury Council </li></ul><ul><li>South East Economic Development Agency (SEEDA) </li></ul><ul><li>Communities and Local Government (CLG) </li></ul><ul><li>British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA) </li></ul><ul><li>Audit Commission </li></ul><ul><li>British Resorts and Destinations Association </li></ul>Organisations consulted with
    12. 12. <ul><li>Seaside resort vs coastal town vs local authority area by the sea </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps we’re talking about a Coastal Councils project then? </li></ul><ul><li>How best do we select areas to focus on? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we best categorise different types of coastal towns? </li></ul><ul><li>How many should include in all – 35, 37, all? </li></ul><ul><li>How many we want to have in core group? Which are the key authorities? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we want a diverse group or more homogenous? Diverse with one representing each ‘category’ of place? </li></ul>‘ Coastal’ ‘towns’: getting to a definition
    13. 13. <ul><li>BURA Seaside Network (over 70 member cross-sector organisations) </li></ul><ul><li>LGA Coastal Issues Special Interest Group (over 50 members) </li></ul><ul><li>Permanent cross-departmental working group on coastal towns, recently set up and led by Communities and Local Government (6 departments) </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Development Agency network (led by South East England Development Agency) </li></ul><ul><li>Coastal Communities Group (30+ members) </li></ul><ul><li>British Resorts and Destinations  Association (60+ members) </li></ul><ul><li>Coastal Action Zone (Lincolnshire) </li></ul><ul><li>South East Coastal Group (Kent and Sussex) </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Regeneration Companies </li></ul>Existing networks
    14. 14. Our list of 35 authorities Bold text = overlap with CLG’s list of 37 coastal towns Arun East Lindsey Shepway Berwick-upon-Tweed Eastbourne South Hams Blackpool Fareham Southampton Bournemouth Gosport Southend-on-Sea Brighton and Hove Great Yarmouth Suffolk Coastal Canterbury Hastings Thanet Caradon Isle of Wight Torbay Carrick Kerrier West Somerset Christchurch North East Linconshire Weymouth and Portland Colchester Poole Wirral Dover Scarborough Worthing Easington Sefton
    15. 15. Policy headlines and priorities
    16. 16. <ul><li>CLG’s third and definitive update (April 2008) in response to the committee agreed to take forward 4 areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Benchmarking study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Study into incapacity benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review alternative approaches to measuring the importance of tourism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Update day visitor indicator in formula grant distribution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In addition, cross-government working group to pay particular attention to skills, employment and housing issues faced in coastal towns </li></ul>CLG response to Parliamentary select committee report
    17. 17. <ul><li>£45m investment over 3 years </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural and heritage projects </li></ul><ul><li>Blackpool, Dover and Torbay first to receive £4m each in year one </li></ul><ul><li>Further 12 grants of £200,000 - £1,000,000 each year </li></ul>CABE Sea Change initiative
    18. 18. <ul><li>Lobby Government to “coastal proof” policy, initiatives and funding </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate networking of Coastal Local Authorities and Coastal RDAs </li></ul><ul><li>To be a focal point and reference group for coastal debate and research </li></ul><ul><li>Disseminate the knowledge of Alliance partners </li></ul><ul><li>Support the cross-departmental working group </li></ul><ul><li>To work with SEEDA and RDAs to facilitate the role out of best practice in socio economic work with communities on the coast </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that the review of the Sub National Economic and Regeneration Strategy is cross-referenced against key coastal issues </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that the voice and experiences of smaller coastal areas are represented at central Government level </li></ul>Coastal Communities Alliance
    19. 19. <ul><li>Coastal strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Lead on RDA coastal towns network </li></ul><ul><li>Draft strategy “Coastal South East: a framework for action”, with four action areas including </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify and build high quality mixed use development sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve productivity and business performance across a range of sectors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop priorities for investment to improve coastal connectivity across a number of modes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build civic leadership, skills and aspirations to build a strong economy </li></ul></ul>Coastal South East: a framework for action (SEEDA)
    20. 20. <ul><li>Lack of skilled workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Low levels of economic development </li></ul><ul><li>Housing affordability and quality </li></ul><ul><li>Periperality and connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Poor health </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of aspiration </li></ul><ul><li>Reliance on state benefits </li></ul>Common issues
    21. 21. <ul><li>Lobby for coastal towns to be treated as per any other town on investment in core public services </li></ul><ul><li>Economic growth (mixed views on how best to achieve) </li></ul><ul><li>Skills and education </li></ul><ul><li>Tackling low employment and participation rates as well as high levels of benefit claims </li></ul><ul><li>Housing quality and mix </li></ul><ul><li>Transport (air of resignation?) </li></ul><ul><li>Climate change (covered by Defra/Environment Agency?) </li></ul><ul><li>Profile raising and reimagining of coastal towns (for instance develop young, vibrant and up market image) </li></ul>Common priorities
    22. 22. <ul><li>More balanced approach to regeneration – all agree the regeneration agenda needs to move beyond merely the ‘hard’ infrastructure (promenades and civic art) into other areas such as housing policy and educations and skills </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities to innovate – digital economy, innovative transport solutions, sustainability agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinated ‘diverse specialisation’ to avoid zero sum game competing between coastal towns – understand sense of place and each build own strong identity/place brand </li></ul><ul><li>Chance for coastal areas to work together and better link up cross-authority and cross-sector coastal networks (for instance CCA to provide capacity for a core cities style group) </li></ul>Emerging opportunities
    23. 23. Next steps
    24. 24. <ul><li>Interviews with wider group of stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Further research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resident satisfaction data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning from CPA and other inspections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International good practice research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social media campaign “what’s it like to be beside the seaside?” to gather resident and visitor views on coastal towns advertised locally by authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Report production, including creation of typologies for coastal councils </li></ul><ul><li>October policy summit </li></ul>Project scope and work plan
    25. 25. <ul><li>For a comprehensive list of key literature on coastal towns and seaside resorts, please visit: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>References
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