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Newquay may benefit from extra Government funding

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: August 29, 2013

NEW HOPE:  A computer-generated image of what the new aerohub at Newquay airport could look like. It could support up to 2,500 new jobs.

NEW HOPE: A computer-generated image of what the new aerohub at Newquay airport could look like. It could support up to 2,500 new jobs.

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NEWQUAY has appeared on a list of deprived coastal resorts in the country – and could get a share of an extra £22 million in Government grants.

A report by the Office for National Statistics showed the town was more deprived than some other seaside resorts in the UK.

Based on an assessment of key measures of deprivation, such as higher unemployment, lower incomes, poor health and more crime, the report ranked Newquay at number 22 out of 57 of the most deprived coastal towns in the country.

It comes as the Government last week unveiled a fresh round of cash to reverse "decline and neglect" at UK seaside resorts.

But Newquay mayor, Sandy Carter, said any funding would have to be targeted at unemployment and affordable housing in order to combat deprivation in the town.

He said: "The area of Newquay is deprived in the sense that all coastal towns in the country are – the lack of employment and affordable housing.

"I think the Government is trying to do something but it has got to be done with the local community and local councils to make sure the money goes where it needs to.

"The housing aspect for younger people is much more difficult. The average wage in Newquay is very low. We need better jobs in the area to get Newquay better."

The ONS looked at England's 57 biggest seaside resorts, based on the size of population.

To be included in the list, the resort must have a resident population of at least 15,000. It found Newquay and Falmouth to be more deprived than the rest of England typically is.

Skegness and Ingoldmells, home to the first Butlins holiday camp in 1936, is the most deprived resort.

A report by the right-leaning Centre for Social Justice recently argued once-thriving resorts had become heavily populated by welfare claimants and patients leaving the care system, while also being undermined by cheap foreign travel.

Newquay is hoping to create 2,500 jobs at the nearby "aerohub", a Government-sanctioned enterprise zone, which has already attracted big names including helicopter giant AgustaWestland.

Stephen Gilbert, Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell and Newquay, said: "There's no doubt that the trend for holidaying abroad rather than at home has presented a challenge for many seaside towns, but the welcome recent resurgence of 'staycations' has brought a much-needed boost to the tourism sector.

"As well as doing more to protect and promote the exciting opportunities for visitors to seaside towns, like surfing, we need to ensure year-round quality jobs are brought back to these communities and the Newquay Enterprise Zone will undoubtedly help with that in Cornwall."

Meanwhile, the Government announced on Friday that the third round of its Coastal Communities Fund will award £22 million in grants to projects to create jobs on the coast after extending the programme to 2016.

The Government has been criticised for not committing enough money to coastal regeneration and axeing the dedicated tourism minister following the Olympics.

Most deprived coastal towns

Below average

1 Skegness and Ingoldmells

2 Blackpool

3 Clacton

4 Hastings

5 Ramsgate

6 Seaham

7 Margate

8 Hartlepool

9 Great Yarmouth

10 South Shields

11 Barrow-in-Furness

12 Ryde

13 Fleetwood

14 Sunderland

15 Bridlington

16 Torquay

17 Morecambe

18 Folkestone

19 Scarborough

20 Redcar

21 Brighton

22 Newquay

23 Eastbourne

24 Cleethorpes

25 Southsea

26 Lowestoft

27 Weymouth

28 Paignton

29 Harwich

30 Bournemouth

31 Falmouth

32 Weston-super-Mare

33 Bexhill

34 Tynemouth

35 Lancing

36 Southend-on-Sea

37 Herne Bay

38 Hayling Island

39 Littlehampton

40 Cleveleys

Above average

41 Deal

42 Teignmouth

43 Burnham-on-Sea

44 Bognor Regis

45 Southport

46 Worthing

47 Broadstairs

48 Exmouth

49 Poole

50 Shoreham by sea

51 Felixstowe

52 Whitstable

53 Lytham St Annes

54 Christchurch

55 Clevedon

56 Whitley Bay

57 Formby

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  • Truro_England  |  August 29 2013, 5:09PM

    "hoping to create 2,500 jobs" Isn't that the same figure the Redruth, Camborne and Pool regeneration was going to make ?

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