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Coastal Towns Network

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which principal seaside towns are (a) members and (b) not members of the Coastal Towns Network (CTN); and whether there are plans to develop links between the CTN and coastal towns in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. (244860)

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The CTN is made up of representation from a range of national and regional stakeholders. Individual coastal towns are not on the CTN, but relevant towns and places are represented through local authority representation on the CTN programme, and other networks.

So far the network has included the following local authorities in meetings and circulation of papers; Brighton and Hove city council, Thanet district council, Kent county council, Lincolnshire county council, East Lindsay district council, Boston district council. CTN included representation from the BURA (British Urban Regeneration Agency) seaside network (which has a membership of public and private sector organisations in excess of 120), Coastal Communities Alliance and BRADA (British Resorts and Destinations Association). There are plans to make links with similar networks in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the first half of 2009.