Published: 1st Aug 2012

Action for Market Towns and CoastNet have been reviewing both the vulnerabilities and challenges unique to small seaside towns and those they share with others. Chris Wade reveals their findings Since the 2007 select committee report on coastal towns a significant evidence base has been collected on their status and common issues. This has included benchmarking studies commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (English seaside towns and smaller English seaside towns), and by the Welsh Assembly Government. Further, Stephen Fothergill, the leading light behind much of this body of work, has produced other relevant and valuable work, such as on the value of the seaside tourism industry  in England and Wales. In addition regional studies have added further insight into the nature of coastal economies and some fundamental issues such as reconciling regeneration and environmental risk which have a bearing on strategic investment by both the public … (To read the full article, subscribe below)