A coastal town has been included in a new scheme in a bid to boost its social and economic growth.
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea has been paired with the seaside resort of Withernsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
It is one of ten UK towns selected for a domestic ‘twinning’ trial by Carnegie UK Trust aimed at reinvigorating local town economies.
The aim is to pair towns with similar characteristics or challenges, but potentially with different back stories and approaches, to consider how to make positive change in the future.
Both towns were founded on different principals – Newbiggin acting as a mining town and Withernsea a traditional seasonal seaside town.
Despite this, both are keen to boost their local economies through the creation of local employment, generate new and innovative ideas for increasing community spirit and want to generate more employment opportunities for local young people.
Over the coming 18 months, both towns will build their ties, develop a body of evidence, receive economic planning support, and have access to catapult funds to kick start new commercial, voluntary and social enterprise activity. The initial six months will see each devise a twinning action plan.
Gina Wilson, development manager at the Carnegie UK Trust, said: “Twin Towns is aimed at encouraging towns to make a positive impact locally. It will provide a new perspective and hopefully new solutions to real and current issues.”
“Whilst we don’t expect the towns’ concerns to be resolved overnight, we hope that the new partnerships will be the start of something positive.”
The Newbiggin Twin Town partnership is being led by the Newbiggin Development Trust Ltd.