A Coastal Community Team is a local partnership consisting of the local authority and a range of people and business interests from a coastal community who have an understanding of the issues facing that area and can develop an effective forward strategy for that place. The Teams include a range of local stakeholders and have broad support. Coastal Community Teams choose their own priorities.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) awarded a grant to the Isle of Wight to establish a Coastal Community Team for the Medina Valley, stretching from the beaches of Cowes and East Cowes to the quay and town centre in Newport. As its focus the team have investigated ways to improve and enhance the visitor economy of the area and have produced an economic plan.
The Coastal Community Team has representatives from Natural Enterprise, IW Chamber of Commerce, Quay Arts, Medina Valley Centre, IW College, IW Estuaries Partnership, Visit Isle of Wight and the Isle of Wight Council.
The Plan does not guarantee access to additional money, but will assist funding applications. It is a live document, so although it has been submitted to DCLG, it will be updated as necessary.
If you would like more information on the Medina Valley Coastal Community Team please contact Natural Enterprise on (01983) 296244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org