In January 2017, Southwold received confirmation from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) that its bid to become a Coastal Community Team had been accepted. As defined by DCLG:
“A Coastal Community Team (CCT) is a local partnership consisting of the local authority and a range of people and business interests from a coastal community who have an understanding of the issues facing that area and can develop an effective forward strategy for that place.”
An essential requirement for all CCTs is the production of an Economic Plan as a framework for the CCT’s work and objectives in boosting the local economy.
Locally tailored, this Economic Plan for the Southwold CCT is output and evidence based and aims to:
The Plan sets out a series of complementary initiatives which collectively can go a long way towards addressing many of the needs of the community and the key challenges that Southwold faces. They take into account the particular opportunities and threats the town faces and focus on those things that people see as important or which indirectly support the key strategic priorities.
The Southold CCT is led by a Steering Group comprising representatives of Southwold Town Council, Reydon Parish Council, Southwold and Reydon Society, Southwold Chamber of Trade, Waveney District Council (accountable body) and other key business and community representatives.