Rother’s rural coastal setting and outstanding scenery masks significant structural weaknesses in the local economy.  Low wage levels, poor road and rail infrastructure, a dispersed rural population and an elderly demographic profile all provide significant challenges facing the Council in promoting the economic and social well-being of the district. 

Rother is about to embark on a new regeneration strategy that will take the place of the Covid Economic Recovery strategy, looking at both our rural and coastal areas to best understand how we can grow infrastructure, businesses and communities to bring about social and economic change.

The Council looks to develop projects that address identified gaps in support, currently working on the Beeching Road Studios project which provides pathways into the creative sector.

The Council works closely with other agencies in delivering elements of the strategy and to achieve our ambitions and those of our partners. These include:

  • 1066 Country Marketing in support of our tourism offer
  • Locate East Sussex to encourage inward investment
  • East Sussex Growth Hub for business support

The team also delivers on government schemes which support local regeneration projects including:

  • UK Shared Prosperity Fund
  • Levelling UP Fund
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