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Authorities Join Forces
Work is due to begin on a multi-agency blueprint that will guide the future economic development of Eastbourne and the surrounding areas of Pevensey, Hailsham, East Dean and the Cuckmere Valley.

The Eastbourne Area Blueprint will see local authorities and agencies joining forces to develop a long term cross-boundary strategy in a project funded by the East Sussex Economic Partnership, Eastbourne Strategic Partnership and Tourism South East.

Chairman of Eastbourne Area Blueprint, Kim Sweet said “This is a major piece of work that will set in stone a framework for the future, shaping our economy and guiding economic development policy over the next 10 – 15 years.”

Work includes a full economic appraisal of the area and will result in a strategy that sets out short term and long term actions that must be undertaken to protect and develop the local economy.

Kim Sweet added “The strategy will not only help local authorities with economic planning, but also provides businesses and potential investors with an insight into the future, identifying potential investment opportunities and helping with business planning.”

Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council Councillor Ian Lucas said “This is an important piece of partnership working, all focussing on Eastbourne’s future success. With our particular need for a strong tourism industry as well as evaluating our economic development potential, we are planning ahead to protect our future and make the most of our beautiful town.”

Leader of Wealden District Council, Councillor Nigel Coltman added "We are pleased to be working with Eastbourne Borough Council and partners, crossing boundaries to help plan and share a sustainable economic future for the area. Cooperation between Councils is an important way to improve the future of our residents."

The project team chaired by Eastbourne regeneration agency Momentum (formerly Eastbourne Reborn) is also made up of Eastbourne Borough Council, Wealden District Council, East Sussex County Council, Eastbourne Strategic Partnership, East Sussex Economic Partnership and Tourism South East.

Expressions of interest have already been advertised for consultancy work beginning in January 2006 and a final report could be presented to stakeholders by April 2006.

For more information on regeneration or business advice visit www.eastsussexcc.gov.uk/business , www.wealden.gov.uk/business, www.eastbourne.gov.uk/business or www.esep.org .
15 November, 2005

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