OneCoast is a cross-sector coalition established by the Coastal Partnerships Network, Local Government Association Coastal SIG, Coastal Communities Alliance, National Coastal Tourism Academy, Natural England and New Economics Foundation, to create a unified voice to advocate on behalf of coastal issues. As a coalition, we represent: 56 local authorities, over 100 Coastal Community Teams, over 87 Coastal Partnerships and wider initiatives, 35 Coastal Destination Management Organisations and thousands of small businesses.
OneCoast aims to grow to become a cross-sector group representing industry, the public sector, environment, commerce and national bodies, wishing to partner with Government to deliver change across the coast and support the levelling up agenda to build back better, increasing community and environmental resilience. The Year of the UK Coast will form part of OneCoast’s 10-year strategy, to be developed this year.
A letter to the Chancellor requesting significant Government investment in coastal communities and habitat restoration, as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review, was submitted in 2020. It includes the key asks such as: the appointment of a dedicated Minister for the Coast, reinstatement of the Whitehall cross-departmental working group for the coast, provision of direct investment (£25M over the next five years) and support into the Coast’s key work streams with activities to aid recovery, the adoption of the Coastal Based Approach (CoBA) and a joined up UK Coastal Strategy.