The Council works closely with partner organisations and local stakeholders to ensure that where possible support is given to regeneration projects that are developed at grass roots level and are developed with community input, which due to local commitment are generally more sustainable in the long term.
West Somerset has seen some exciting capital regeneration projects come to fruition over the last few years. These have resulted in development of the Steam Coast Trail Cycle Path, Watchet Boat Museum and Information Centre, new workspace for small businesses at Minehead Enterprise Park, Minehead Tourism Information, and workspace provision in Williton.
The West Somerset Council corporate priorities for business, enterprise and growth of the local economy are to:
Encourage inward investment and creation of higher-paid jobs for local people
Support and promote West Somerset’s vital tourism and agricultural sectors
To improve the skills knowledge and aspirations of young people
Maximise the local economic benefits from Hinkley Point C
Push for the rollout of fibre broadband and better mobile phone signal coverage across the District
West Somerset has recently seen the creation of three Coastal Community Teams, in Minehead, Watchet and Porlock. Each of these areas has developed their own Economic Plans, which reflect local economic development and regeneration ambitions and identify short/ medium and long term priorities. The CCT Plans can be read here;
The Coastal Communities Team in Minehead will be taking forward a development which aims to significantly raise the quality of the visitor offer in the town. The project, called Enterprising Minehead, will revitalise the seafront, offer a range of customer focused skills training, boost marketing for the area and ensure greater business input and sustainable focused funding via the development of a proposed Business Improvement District. A business plan for the project (which secured £130k from the CCF fund and £0.5m from the CIM fund in August 2017) can be viewed in the related documents section of this page.
If you would like to find out more please browse our business pages or contact Corinne Matthews, Economic Regeneration Manager, on 01984 600187 or by emailing email@example.com