At the recent Coast to Capital AGM, Jonathan Sharrock, C2C’s Chief Executive gave an interesting talk about how he sees economic recovery being achieved all summed up in the slogan “Stronger, Smarter and Greener.”
In terms of building back stronger it is clear that Jonathan sees Crawley and Gatwick as the main hubs and centre for global growth. In terms of building back smarter, Brighton & Hove in particular building upon the strong knowledge base of 3 universities along our south coast are seen as major enablers. While the 3rd stream, building back greener, is about helping to tackle climate change and growing the rural economy.
As to how the Stronger, Smarter and Greener banner will play out in Mid Sussex and Burgess Hill given our close connections to both Crawley & Gatwick and Brighton & Hove needs to be spelled out, but clearly there are synergies in the making given the sizeable C2C funding of the A2300 improvements and the longer term plans for a Burgess Hill based Science & Tech park.