WHEN Selsey became a town team as part of a Mary Portas scheme, it was decided a town co-ordinator was needed.
And Sam Tate was the perfect fit – a Selsey resident with a marketing background. She told the Observer how she plans to turn the town around.
“I think we need to be realistic about what we can do,” she said. “We have big plans and no money so we need to start with the small stuff.”
Her main focus is boosting the town’s economy and the ‘Selsey’ brand, getting people back into the town.
“We have such great natural resources – some of the best seafood around, the beach, the underwater stuff. It is just making people more aware that Selsey exists.
“I would love for people from Chichester to come to Selsey and think what a great day out.”
Her other aim is to get people to stay and thrive in the town.
“It is a great place to live and we should not under-sell Selsey, but we have to give more opportunities for people to stay.
“There is a real problem if you’re unemployed in Selsey. There is not a great deal here to do. What can we do to improve links to advice and training, and get unemployed people making the step to set up their own business?”
She had the idea of providing a pop-up space on the high street for people to trial new businesses. But she also wants to utilise the businesses already in Selsey.
“We need to make sure retailers are working as a unit,” she said. “Selsey has changed considerably over the past 12 years. We need to help the retailers understand what their market is. What do people want? How we can improve the high street to make it more pleasant for shoppers?”
“Our resident population is 11,000, and in the summer it’s 24,000 – we are half the size of Chichester in the summer.”
The figures show the town has the potential to flourish – and Mrs Tate hopes to be the one to make it happen.
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