The event will take place at The Winter Gardens on the 27th of January and will be chaired by the Chair of the Select Committee enquiry into coastal towns, Dr Phyllis Starkey MP.
There will be a series of talks and tours. The flier states the day will be:
"An opportunity for all those concerned about the future of our seaside resorts to contribute to the national debate on new approaches to Coastal Regeneration while taking a first hand look at the approaches and success stories in Thanet."
It goes on to say:
We are pleased to announce the Coastal Alliance Conference on 27 and 28 January 2010 when Dr Phyllis Starkey MP will attend as keynote speaker for the national launch of the much awaited Coastal Regeneration Handbook and website."
The two tours on offer to delegates are:
1. Entertainment, past, present and future. Cultural regeneration in Margate.
2. Economic regeneration in Thanet, industrial estates, shopping developments, port, airport, university.
Any mention of tourism for economic regeneration?
So far typing 'Coastal Handbook' into Thanet's wesbiste comes up with nothing. TDC haven't publicised the event in Thanet that they have put together and are hosting.
Speaking to the Coastal Community Alliance today, they confirmed that the cost of attending is £75 for two days and £40 for one day. There are no discounts, but that individual authorities are funding indivuals and groups to attend. We will contact TDC to enquire if this is going to be offered in some way to people or groups in Thanet wishing to participate. We'll also feedback on who are the success stories that will be put before delegates and how they were chosen.