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Coastal Community Teams

In order to enable local coastal communities to come together and develop a common vision and plans for their area, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) established a network of Coastal Community Teams. These teams bring together a range of local stakeholders from the local authority, community and business groups to help coordinate regeneration projects in their area and help develop an effective strategy.

While Coastal Community Teams may choose their own priorities, suggested areas of focus are around:

  • enhancing the attractiveness and accessibility of public areas
  • providing increased community facilities
  • promoting the visitor economy
  • encouraging sustainable uses of heritage/cultural assets
  • creating links to support the growth and performance of the retail sector.

Within East Suffolk there are now five Coastal Community Teams who were each awarded £10,000 to initially kick-start their activity and these are in the Deben Peninsula, Felixstowe, Leiston, Lowestoft and Southwold.