Members of the House of Lords visited Scarborough last week as part of their fact-finding mission into the complex challenges faced by seaside towns and coastal communities.
The visit is part of the Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns’ inquiry into the issues surrounding local businesses and skills,as well as its investigation into how regeneration and the visitor economy has helped to drive positive change.
The cross-party group of peers visited the new Scarborough University Technical College, Coventry University’s Scarborough Campus, and the new sports village.
They also toured the site of the proposed development of Flamingo Land Coast amusement park,The Sands luxury self-catering apartment complex, Scarborough Open-Air Theatre and the Alpamare water- park.
Lord Bassam of Brighton, chairman of the committee, said:“As the largest resort on the Yorkshire coast Scarborough has played a significant role in the historic development of British sea- side resorts.
“We are here to learn more about the current performance of the visitor economy and future opportunities for growth, as well as hearing about some of the challenges facing communities on the east coast and how they might be solved.
“The evidence we gather will play an important role as we begin to consider the key themes and recommendations that are emerging from our inquiry”.
In October, members of the select committee visited the Skegness foreshore, home to many of the resort’s amusement arcades, Botton’s Pleasure Beach amusement park and Skegness Pier.
It also visited Butlins, which showcased how sustained investment in Skegness’s visitor economy has had a positive impact on the wider local economy.
During the visit, the Select Committee’s engagement team consulted with members of the public on their views of Skegness’s foreshore.
The findings from both visits will be used to produce a report that is expected to be made public by March 2019 and debated by the government.