Bexhill-on-Sea Coastal Community Team

has announced plans to boost the local economy.

Local people in Bexhill-on-Sea have today set out radical plans for how they intend to drive growth, jobs and prosperity. To read the plan please look to the right hand side of this page and find Economic Development Plan.

They are part of over 100 coastal communities across the country taking control of their futures.

The plans lay out practical steps including:

· the first Jobs Fair – a community led event – for young people in Bexhill on April 29th at the De La Warr Pavilion,

· supporting the implementation of Action Points in the Bexhill Town Centre Strategy,

· working with Rother DC’s Bexhill Town Centre Steering Group to improve the appearance of Bexhill Town Centre,

· continue the work of the Town Team and Bexhill Wheelers which together with Bexhill Rail Action Group encourages sustainable transport,

· welcoming and supporting the opening by DV8 of a creative skills based training facility in Bexhill Town Centre,

which will help make Bexhill-on-Sea a destination to live and work in for years to come.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said that Bexhill’s work is “proof coastal communities are ready for economic lift off”.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said:

“Our Great British Coast has enormous economic potential and we are determined to see it thrive all year round – not just in the summer months.

“The huge number of plans submitted, demonstrate the wave of optimism, and wealth of creative and practical ideas to boost economic lift-off.

“I now want to see their hard work and enthusiasm come to fruition by helping to deliver their ideas through the Coastal Community teams.”

Bexhill Forward, the Coastal Community Team which produced the plan for Bexhill said:

‘This is an important step for Bexhill because the plans are community led and are not imposed from above. The Coastal Community Team has drawn together the Chamber of Commerce, 1066 Federation of Small Businesses, Bexhill Lions Club, the Townswomen’s Guild, local businesses, Rother Voluntary Action, Rother District Council, Bexhill Wheelers and the MP in a commitment to improve employment opportunities and increase the prosperity of Bexhill Town Centre. Visit our web site at www.bexhilltownteam.org.uk

More than 11 million people live in coastal communities, from major cities to seaside villages. The tourism industry alone accounts for the employment of 250,000 people across 150 seaside resorts, and contributes £4 billion to the UK economy.

Now the Government is supporting ‘local coastal community teams’ to help revive towns and deliver their plans for future economic growth.

Local people involved in the teams have been given £10,000 to kick-start work and given expert guidance to help shape their own towns’ future prosperity.

Other seaside areas that are taking control of their futures are:

• Plymouth – who will build a brand new history centre to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage to America. They will also secure investment to kick start a number of projects, including new digital hot spots across the city, restructuring the waterfront and encouraging a cycling culture;

• Folkestone – who will get local people’s views about what makes their town great and use that to work with marketing specialists in developing a new town brand. They will also enhance the living environment through public art and green space landscaping, and support start-ups through a new business hub; and

• Scarborough – who will restructure their high street, redeveloping derelict floor space and bringing good-quality new homes into the city centre

Further information

118 Coastal Community Teams were created last year and given a share of £1.18m to help drive forward coastal areas growth.

The local economic plans submitted to Government by the teams cover areas including housing, business opportunities, jobs and skills, health and civic pride.

See a full list of Coastal Community Teams here.

Coastal Community Teams are just one of a number of initiatives launched by the government to boost the Great British Coast.

The £120 million Coastal Communities Fund, established in 2012, has money going to projects in every region and country of the United Kingdom. So far it has created nearly 14,000 new jobs and over 10,000 training places.

In addition 77 projects ranging from theatres to piers and lidos to lighthouses, received an addition share of £3 million in December to help restore them to their former glory.

Due to the exceptional quality of the bids received, another £1 million coastal revival funding will be available in 2016 to 2017 for projects that narrowly missed out being selected. Further details will be announced in due course.

For more information about the Government’s work to revive coastal communities contact Patrick Coyne, patrick.coyne@communities.gsi.gov.uk, 030 3444 4326