What do you do with a town when it hits rock bottom? The regeneration of Hastings and Old St. Leonards

Browne, Jonas (2010) What do you do with a town when it hits rock bottom? The regeneration of Hastings and Old St. Leonards. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This research paper focuses on the economic and social achievements gained from the regeneration of Hastings and St Leonards. Utilising a number of data collection methods, I was able to assess and evaluate the economic and social changes the town has experienced from 2001, when the regeneration master plan was implemented, to very recent years. Relevant data came from two databases: the Hastings Borough Council website, which houses much of the information regarding the town’s regeneration and the ‘East Sussex in Plates’ website, which produces detailed statistics on many social and economic aspects of Hastings and St Leonards, often ranging over a ten year period. Investigation into the social achievements of the regeneration scheme for Hastings and St Leonards was largely conducted through the use of primary research. By interviewing the leader of the local council, combined with a survey of thirty small local businesses, I was able to obtain the views of people living and working in the community, information which would not have been provided by statistical data. This study illustrates how, as a result of regeneration funding from the public and private sector, the town has experienced a number of positive effects, both economically and socially. However, it became evident that through analysis of data and views of key Plates in the Regeneration Task Force, that it may take up to another ten years to witness the full effects of regeneration. It is clear that regeneration in coastal towns still finds itself low down in the Government’s list of priorities. If seaside towns such as Hastings are to be fully regenerated, significant action needs to be taken at the top level, by way of reviewing policy and creating new initiatives.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/1019

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