Published: 4th Apr 2019

Many seaside towns and coastal communities are in desperate need of urgent improvements, a group of peers has warned. A new report published 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 found poor-quality housing is a significant problem for many seaside towns and many feel ‘left behind’ by national strategies aimed at increasing economic growth and productivity. The committee also found many coastal towns have limited access to education, particularly to further and higher education institutions, which is ‘severely curtailing opportunities and denting aspirations’ for young people in these areas. It also adds that inadequate transport connections are holding back many coastal communities. In particular, the report calls on ministers prioritise improvements to the coastal transport network when it takes decisions on planning and investment. And it also calls on the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)