Seaside towns must be inspired to reinvent themselves, says Lords report

4 Apr 2019 11:47 AM

Many seaside towns and coastal communities are in desperate need of improvements to transport, housing and broadband. Better access to further and higher education for young people in seaside towns is needed too. These are key conclusions of a report by the House of Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns, The future of seaside towns, published today.

Committee Chairman

The Chairman of the Committee, Lord Bassam of Brighton, said:

“For too long, seaside towns have been neglected. They suffer from issues rooted in the decline of their core industries, most notably domestic tourism, but also in fishing, shipbuilding and port activity, and from their location at the ‘end of the line’. The potential impact of Brexit on these towns, particularly the hospitality sector, also remains an open question.

“A single solution to their economic and social challenges doesn’t exist. What is needed is a package of strategic initiatives and interventions where national and local government work together to address issues such as transport, housing, post-school education and high-speed broadband.

“Places like Brighton and Bournemouth have shown that ‘the seaside’ can successfully reinvent itself. The Committee is confident that if our recommendations are pursued seaside towns can once again become prosperous and desirable places to live in and visit.”

Recommendations included in the report

The main findings and conclusions from the report include:

Further information