Saturday, 18 August 2018

Regenerating Seaside Towns: parliamentary committee calls for evidence

Coastal communities need a bit of help - and there are quite a few perspectives, approaches and initiatives around:
Futures Forum: Coastal change: Overfishing and the death of the seaside @ Radio 4's Making History
Futures Forum: Regeneration from the roots up >>> "every community has the power to build a strong and secure future for itself" >>>
Futures Forum: Regeneration of iconic seaside heritage >>> Hastings pier wins Stirling Prize
Futures Forum: Regenerating Exmouth seafront >>> "Transition Exmouth calls on the chair of Exmouth Regeneration Board to demonstrate a willingness to listen to an outside expert and issue an invitation to Wayne Hemingway to visit our town."
Futures Forum: Re-imagining coastal towns >>> The response is usually "let's get a large supermarket and a Pizza Express - that'll do it". Oh - and not forgetting the "luxury apartments".
Futures Forum: The Blue New Deal from the New Economics Foundation >>> parliamentary briefing: 'bringing a fresh and hopeful perspective to coastal communities around the country'
Futures Forum: "Creating Coastal Powerhouses" >>> creating coastal enterprise zones and coastal action groups

The House of Lords is also looking at the issues - and is asking for evidence: 

Lords Select Committee

The Regenerating Seaside Towns Committee was appointed on 17 May 2018. 
A call for evidence was published on 23 July 2018; the deadline for submissions is 1pm on 9 October 2018.

Committee seeks written evidence - News from Parliament - UK Parliament

Last month, the committee heard from representatives of the Local Government Association and the Elected Mayor of Torbay:Local government representatives give evidence to Committee - News from Parliament - UK Parliament

And earlier, the Environmental Advice Team Leader for Dorset County Council, who's also the representative from the Dorset Coastal Community Team, gave evidence to the committee:Coastal teams give evidence on economic growth of seaside towns - News from Parliament - UK Parliament

This is from the paper published to guide those who wish to contribute: 



The House of Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities was appointed by the House on 17 May 2018. The remit of the Committee is “to consider the regeneration of seaside towns and communities”

The Committee will explore the following key issues in detail and would welcome your views on any or all of the following questions. 

Background and understanding 

1. What are the challenges facing seaside towns and communities? Which of those challenges are common to many seaside towns, and to what extent (and why) have such challenges persisted over a number of years? 

2. Has sufficient research been conducted to provide robust analysis of the economic and social health and vitality of seaside towns? What are the main conclusions to be drawn from such data and research – and where are the principal gaps in knowledge and understanding? 

Housing and demographics 

3. To what extent are seaside towns affected by issues arising from the nature of their housing stock, including Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and former tourist accommodation that has been converted for other uses? How might any such issues be addressed – and are any changes to Government policy required? 

4. Do population transience, and demographic changes more widely, present any particular issues for seaside towns and communities? What is the nature and scale of such issues, and how can local organisations and communities be assisted in seeking to address them?

Transport and connectivity 

5. Do problems relating to transport and connectivity (including digital connectivity) present a barrier to economic growth for seaside towns and communities? What action has been taken to address such matters, and is any further Government action required? To what extent would addressing such issues create the opportunity for future inward investment and growth? 

The role of the visitor economy 

6. How successful have initiatives that seek to promote tourism and the visitor economy in seaside towns proven to be? How important are these sectors to the economies of seaside towns? Is sufficient attention being given to the potential contribution that could be made by other sectors, beyond tourism? 

Physical regeneration 

7. Are sufficient tools and resources available to local authorities, property owners and other stakeholders to allow them to promote and deliver the restoration and regeneration of the physical environment in seaside towns? Could new approaches – or the removal of any existing barriers – support further regeneration?

Social and economic regeneration 

8. What work is being done in seaside towns to support social and economic regeneration, and to improve social mobility across the whole community? What more could or should be done by the Government, and relevant organisations, to deliver such initiatives? 

9. What role should local businesses, SMEs and social enterprises play in seeking to deliver regeneration in seaside towns? How effective is any help currently provided to these groups by the Government, local authorities and others? Are there any barriers to growth that could be addressed by changes in policy? 

Education, health and wellbeing 

10. Is educational provision in coastal communities of a good enough standard? Do coastal communities experience any particular challenges around the provision of secondary, further and higher education and, if so, what action should be taken to promote positive change?

11. Is there evidence to suggest that certain health conditions are more prevalent in seaside towns? What factors might contribute to levels of poor health in coastal areas? Would any targeted interventions help to address any such issues in these areas? 

Delivery structures 

12. What impact has the Coastal Communities Fund had upon seaside towns and communities? Are any further targeted interventions from Government required? 

13. To what extent is it currently possible to develop a ‘vision’ for individual seaside towns? Is there a need for longer-term thinking and, if so, is that need currently being met? What role should Government departments, local authorities, local enterprise partnerships and other stakeholders play in delivering against such a vision, and is any action required to improve integrated working between these groups? 

14. Are there fiscal or financial measures available which could help to support the regeneration of seaside towns? Could the Government provide any financial freedoms or investments which would help to generate positive change? 

People and place 

15. What role should local people and local communities play in the regeneration of seaside towns and communities? Do good processes of community engagement, and community resilience and capacity building, currently exist and, if so, could they be applied more widely? 

16. Do any integrated models of regeneration, bringing together local communities, businesses, public sector bodies and others to pursue common goals, currently exist? If so, how do such models seek to promote physical, social and economic regeneration in seaside towns? How can any lessons learnt from such work be applied more widely – and is further innovation required?

Guidance for making submissions 

Written evidence should be submitted online using the written submission form available at https://www.parliament.uk/regenerating-seaside-towns-committee-submission-form 

If you do not have access to a computer you may submit a paper copy to: Clerk to the Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns, Committee Office, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW. 

The deadline for written evidence is 1 pm on Tuesday 9 October 2018. 

Short, concise submissions, of no more than seven pages, are preferred. A longer submission should include a one-page summary. Paragraphs should be numbered. Submissions should be dated, with a note of the author’s name, and of whether the author is acting on an individual or corporate basis. All submissions made through the written submission form will be acknowledged automatically by email. 

Personal contact details supplied to the Committee will be removed from submissions before publication but will be retained by the Committee staff for specific purposes relating to the Committee’s work, such as seeking additional information

You can follow the progress of the inquiry at www.parliament.uk/regenerating-seasidetowns/


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