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NEW ACTION PLAN TO HELP EASTBOURNE AND BRITAIN'S COASTAL TOWNS

Conservatives proposals to create a renaissance in seaside towns

Eastbourne MP Nigel Waterson this week welcomed a new Action Plan from the Conservatives to reinvigorate Britain’s coastal towns – including Eastbourne. The plan, entitled ‘No longer the end of the line’, outlines how Conservatives intend to end the sidelining of seaside towns under the current Government.

Most coastal towns across Britain have fewer people in jobs, higher levels of benefit claimants, more people in poor health and worse transport links than their inland counterparts. The policy proposals in the comprehensive blueprint include:

  • Giving local councils and the police new powers to restrict the large number of late licenses and tackle the alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour that blights many coastal towns.
  • Introducing new tax breaks for local firms - including local business rate discounts, lower corporation tax on small firms, and waiving National Insurance on new firms which create jobs.
  • Cancelling Labour’s council tax revaluation which would slap higher council tax for having sea views.
  • Creating a ‘Community Right to Buy’ to allow local groups to take over and save threatened community assets and buildings.
  • Allowing privately owned, historic seaside attractions, such as piers, to apply for Lottery funding.

Nigel Waterson said:

“Labour Ministers in Whitehall have ignored and marginalised our coastal towns. This must change. This Action Plan shows how Conservatives will reinvigorate our coastal towns, so that they are not just places for a great day out, but are also successful and attractive places to live and work. Conservatives will ensure that our coastal towns are no longer ‘the end of the line’.”

9 February 2010