Published: 5th Jun 2019

The government has rejected calls to create new enterprise zones to help struggling seaside towns. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published yesterday (4 June) its official response to a report published earlier this year by a group of peers on the plight faced by coastal resorts. The original report by the House of Lords’ regenerating seaside towns committee said urgent improvements are needed to transport, housing and broadband to help coastal resorts reinvent themselves. The lords also singled out the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which is set to replace EU funding after Brexit, as an opportunity to help support coastal business development, and to tackle deprivation in coastal communities. But the government response rejects calls in the report to create new enterprise zones, which it argued could be tailored to meet the specific needs of seaside towns. ‘There are currently no plans to create new enterprise zones,’ … (To read the full article, subscribe below)