Coastal/seaside 10 reports and 3 strategies 1999 to 2013

 1999: UK Seaside Resorts – Behind the Facade

Seaside resorts in the UK need support to tackle problems of economic, social and environmental decline.  It is now critical for policy makers to respond to needs of the resorts if further and irrecoverable decline is not to take place.

Through this document the British Resorts Association aims to obtain wider recognition of the problems faced by the UK’s seaside resorts. The original study that prompted a series of increasingly more in-depth studies into the socio economic issues associated with “resort” towns. Text only, scanned or hardcopy versions of the report can be obtained from British Destinations: Behind Facade Report Text

2003: The seaside economy

The seaside economy (2003): the final report of the seaside towns research project.  A ground breaking study, which looked at the economise of “principal resorts” in England, Wales and Scotland: SHU Seaside Economy Fina lReport 2003

2008: England’s Seaside Towns – a benchmarking study

This report has been commissioned to help inform policy development in response to the 2007 Select Committee inquiry into England’s coastal towns.  The report presents a range of statistical evidence on socio-economic conditions and compares the figures with regional and English averages, but only in the original “principal” seaside towns and only those in England, originally identified in the 2003 Seaside Economy report (published above). Subsequently smaller seaside towns in both England and Wales where  identified and studied both retrospectively in the same manner and in the same subjects as principal destinations and they were also included in all later studies, for example,  the 2010 report : The Seaside Tourist Industry in England and Wales (published below). SHU CLG principal resort benchmark study

2009: Seaside Towns in Wales – a benchmark study.

Seaside towns in Wales – a benchmarking study.  This replicated the previous seperate benchmark studies on principal seaside towns in England ( published above) and the subsequently smaller seaside towns in England  benchmarked ( published below): SHU SEASIDE TOWNS IN WALES – benchmarking study_FINAL

2010: England’s Smaller Seaside Towns – a benchmark study.

England’s smaller seaside towns – a benchmarking study. This report replicates earlier benchmark studies on the principal resorts in England.  Although producted in parallel to similar work in Wales on both principal and smaller seaside towns, it was published in the following calendar year: SHU Smaller English Seaside Towns Benchmark

2010: The Seaside tourist industry in England and Wales

The Seaside tourist industry in England and Wales – employment, economic output, location and trends. This report presents new figures on the scale of the seaside tourist industry in England and Wales (covering both principal and smaller seaside towns). The figures are comprehensive in that they cover just about all the places where seaside tourism is a significant component of the local economy, consistent in that they provide data for each individual resort on the same basis, and comparable throughtime: SHU FINALTourismReport

2010: Economic Value of Welsh Marinas

The aims of this report are to assess the economic impact of Marinas in Wales on their local economies, and by aggregating these, their overall  impact on the Welsh economy.  These were achieved through a series of case studies of Welsh marinas undertaken during summer 2010 which provided a robust analysis of the value that Marina operations bring to the economy of Wales. ( Our comment: The methodologies and finding may have utility outside Wales): Report on the Value of Welsh Marinas

2011: The caravan communities of the Lincolnshire coast

The caravan communities of the Lincolnshire coast. SHU-caravans-report-280711

2012: The Coastal Communities of South East England Recommendations to the South East LEP

This report considers the policy implications arising from a statistical review of the South East’s coastal communities, completed in April 2012. It also builds on discussions involving coastal local authorities, private sector representatives and other local partners. SHU SE Coastal LEP Report Dec 2012

2013: Turning the Tide – Social Justice in 5 seaside towns.

A report by the Centre for Social justice looking at 5 seaside town cases studies: Turning-the-Tide

Strategies/Action Plans:

Visit England Coastal Towns Action Plan 2010: VE FINALSeaside Welsh Assembly Government  now Welsh Government Coastal Strategy 2006  (executive summary): WAG Coastal Summary BRADA Seaside And Coastal Towns Manifesto Group Issues for Stakeholders 2008; 2008 Seaside And Coastal Towns Manifesto Group


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