A new Blackpool partnership has set out plans for how they intend to drive more growth, jobs and prosperity in the town centre.
The resort is part of over 100 coastal communities across the country taking control of their futures through a designated Coastal Communities Team.
Blackpool’s plans lay out practical steps to make the resort a better destination to live and work in for years to come, including encouraging jobs, increasing visitor numbers and improving community engagement with the resort’s world class heritage and entertainment complexes.
The Coastal Communities Team have developed an Action Plan, with its members due to work on a variety of projects over the next few years, including projects such as undertaking repairs to the roof of the Pavilion Theatre within the Winter Gardens complex, supporting WorldHost customer care training for the town’s hotel, retail and visitor attractions, and supporting the development of specialist Artist B&B as a unique destination and meeting point for Blackpool’s vibrant cultural community.
The plans were submitted to the Government last year and, along with other Coastal Communities projects, were released on 24 February 2016.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark MP said that Blackpool’s work is “proof coastal communities are ready for economic lift off”.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark MP said: “Our Great British Coast has enormous economic potential and we are determined to see it thrive all year round – not just in the summer months.
“The huge number of plans submitted, demonstrate the wave of optimism, and wealth of creative and practical ideas to boost economic lift-off.
“I now want to see their hard work and enthusiasm come to fruition by helping to deliver their ideas through the Coastal Community teams.”
Cllr Mark Smith, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Development, added: “Our Coastal Communities team consists of business and tourism leaders from across the town – with representatives from the public private and community sectors.
“All of us recognise the huge impact that tourism has on our local economy as tens of thousands of our local jobs rely on tourists continuing to visit the resort.
“The more that we can increase those visitors the better it will be for the whole town and we envisage that these plans will have a big impact on the town’s prosperity in the coming years.”
More than 11 million people live in coastal communities across the UK, from major cities to seaside villages. The tourism industry alone accounts for the employment of 250,000 people across 150 seaside resorts, and contributes £4 billion to the UK economy.
Now the Government is supporting ‘local coastal community teams’ to help revive towns and deliver their plans for future economic growth.
Local people involved in the teams have been given £10,000 to kick-start work and given expert guidance to help shape their own towns’ future prosperity.
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To read more about Blackpool’s Coastal Community plans, go to Blackpool Coastal Community Team