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Regeneration: Coastal Areas

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how her Department plans to assess the effectiveness of the South East England regional development agency in its new lead role on a regional development agency network on sharing best practice in the regeneration of coastal towns including tourism development. (139674)

Communities and Local Government and SEEDA will work together to share best practice on promoting the economic development of coastal towns and will monitor progress through regular dialogue with regional development agencies to inform the development of regional economic strategies.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will undertake research to further the understanding of the common characteristics of factors affecting coastal towns. (139683)

Officials from the Department took part in a conference on coastal towns hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry on 8 May. This looked at whether there are issues common to coastal towns that need to be addressed, and what is the best policy approach, if any, for tackling the perceived problems.

In the light of this, the Government will consider the need to examine further the evidence on the characteristics of coastal towns to help inform policy making. This position is set out in the Government response to the Communities and Local Government Committee report on coastal towns laid before the House on 18 May.