Call to give seaside towns 'troubleshooting' body

CALLS for seaside towns to get a nationally-funded trouble-shooting body to encourage regeneration and solve social problems will be heard at a national conference next week.

The two-day event in Margate next week has been organised by the Coastal Communities Alliance (CCA) which campaigns to overcome poverty in tourism-dependent coastal areas.

The conference will underline many concerns already raised in connection with towns such as Scarborough, Whitby, Bridlington and Filey and will launch a booklet called Coastal Regeneration in England 2010 and a website:

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Lincolnshire County Council principal policy officer Patrick Browne, who co-edited the handbook, said: "A nationally-resourced coastal resorts intelligence centre could promote best practice, drive forward new approaches to addressing the social and economic needs of coastal resorts and inform policy."