Does our Local Enterprise Partnership – which could but does not invest in coastal regeneration – care? Not one jot.
“Analysis by BBC News of population projections has found seaside towns in northern England could see the biggest decline in under-30s.
The Parliamentary Group for Coastal Communities said funding cuts meant seaside towns were “being left behind”.
The government said it had invested more than £200m in coastal communities.
The coastline in England is home to some of the most beautiful but also poorest places in England. …
BBC News has analysed the population projections made by the ONS for 75 local authorities in England with a coastline.
More than half of the local authorities could see a fall in the number of residents under the age of 30 by the year 2039.
The biggest decline in the number of under-30s could be in the north of England, where every local authority with a coastline, except Liverpool, might see a fall in the number of young people.
Collectively northern seaside communities might see a reduction of 200,000 under-30s over the next two decades.
In contrast, coastal authorities in the south, such as Bristol (+13%), Canterbury (+6.4%) and Southampton (+4.7%) could see substantial rises in the number of young people …”
I agree that you would think that with all the data available it would have been easy to see this one coming. Although if you are a proposer of the ‘get on your bike’ approach to job finding you expect people to gravitate towards jobs and not jobs migrate towards people. And it is obvious that the young need high paying jobs to get houses and a standard of living, so they are going to move to big cities and the lands of opportunity, and move out of those locations when retiring to cheaper areas with fewer jobs.
A failure of the LEP is to look at what we already have and see how to improve it, instead of only looking to bring in outside sources of employment. It is governments who dismiss industries (coal, steel, chemicals, shipbuilding and so on) and who also create industries (car assembly, television assembly and so on). LEPs do not decide on nuclear power stations or energy policy.