ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP FOR COASTAL COMMUNITIES
The All Parliamentary Party Group on Coastal Communities looks to consider current issues affecting coastal communities and to actively seek strategies to address these to enhance health, wellbeing, education, infrastructure and economies within these unique communities.
“As the MP for Hastings and Rye, a mixture of urban, rural and coastal communities, it is essential that the voice of coastal communities rings loud and clear at the government level to help ensure that no community is left behind.
Our coastal communities have so much untapped potential, and businesses and residents need to be given every opportunity to maximise their potential all year round.
This APPG will be able to focus on these communities that often have more in common with each other than with their inland neighbours, and they require targeted policies to help ensure equality of opportunity is provided the length and breadth of our United Kingdom.”
Chair, Sally-Ann Hart MP
Peter Aldous MP, Vice Chair
Coastal communities have long been overlooked by successive governments, with many of them seemingly written off as in a state of irreversible decline. The Government's objective to 'Level Up' deprived communities and a renewed national focus on sectors including fishing and offshore renewable energy offer the chance to remedy these years of neglect. In this context, the work of the APPG is crucial in ensuring that coastal communities are promoted as front and centre of the national policy landscape, enabling them to play a prominent role in the challenges and opportunities ahead of the UK.
David Dugoid MP, Vice Chair
My constituency of Banff and Buchan is well known for coastal activity, particularly around the port towns of Peterhead and Fraserburgh – largest whitefish and shellfish ports in Europe respectively.
But it’s not just about large scale fisheries activity. Smaller scale fishing and seafood preparation takes place in almost every coastal town and village around the coast.
Other elements of the coastal economy – such as tourism and hospitality – are also important and I look forward to working in this APPG to help provide the support needed by coastal communities across the whole United Kingdom.
Virginia Crosbie MP, Vice Chair
Virginia Crosbie is the MP for Ynys Môn (Isle of Anglesey) and as such her entire constituency comprises coastal communities.
She believes in supporting this APPG because it recognises and seeks to address the specific challenges that face coastal communities and port towns. These include access to services, availability of employment and the impact that tourism and second home ownership can have.
As a diver and marine biologist she is passionate about ensuring that our coastal waters are protected and their unique carbon sequestering properties are promoted so that future generations will benefit from them.
She wants to help the APPG raise the profile of coastal communities and port towns so that their unique heritage is preserved for future generations.
Tim Loughton MP, Vice Chair
Prior to Parliament, Tim worked in the private sector as a fund manager in the City of London before becoming a Director at Fleming Private Asset Management. Tim was first elected to Parliament in 1997 as Member for East Worthing and Shoreham and has been re-elected in 2001, 2005, 2010, 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Tim takes a particular interest in the hospitality industry which is particularly important in seaside towns as well as the fishing industry, offshore green solutions and educational disadvantage seen disproportionately in coastal communities.
Robin Millar MP, Vice Chair
Coastal communities throughout the United Kingdom are often united in facing a similar set of challenges – decades of underinvestment, unemployment, high levels of poverty and an economic dependency on specific sectors such as tourism.
Llandudno, the Queen of the Welsh resorts, is famous for its beaches, its picturesque beauty and for its sweeping Victorian promenade. Few of the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to Llandudno each year would know that the town is also home to some of the most economically deprived wards in Wales.
One of the main reasons I became interested in politics was a strong sense of injustice for those who feel they have no means and no voice in society. I am determined to help address the challenges faced by coastal communities in alleviating poverty and I look forward to supporting the crucial work of the Coastal Communities APPG in achieving this.
Three major coastal fora - the CPN, the Coastal Communities Alliance and the Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group (LGA Coastal SIG) - became co-secretariat for the Coastal Communities APPG in January/February 2020.
UK COASTAL COMMUNITIES APPG INQUIRY
The Coastal Communities APPG Inquiry aims to delve into issues currently affecting coastal communities around the UK.
Through the Coastal Partnerships Network Championing Coastal Coordination project, stakeholder research has been undertaken by the OneCoast Coalition to determine the themes of most importance for the coming year. These will be used to plan the APPG's Coastal Inquiry work for this year.
The summary document of this work can be viewed here.