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More people leaving Brighton and Hove than coming in
10:08am Monday 1st October 2012 in News
More residents are leaving Brighton and Hove than are moving in, new figures suggest.
But those heading for the A23 aren’t going far, with the majority settling in the more affordable surrounding towns and villages.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that in the 12 months to June 2011 – the latest available – 17,400 people moved to the city with 17,800 leaving.
A high number of migrants to the city from England and Wales are from nearby districts with Lewes (770), Adur (540) and Mid Sussex (460) making up the top three.
Londoners also appear to continue to be heading to the south coast for a more relaxed life by the sea with residents migrating from all over the capital.
But people aren’t just travelling from the south east with many areas across the UK well represented. Particularly high are Southampton (180), Bristol (160), Oxford (140) and Leeds (140).
The outward migration statistics tell a different story, with most leavers deciding to stay in Sussex.
Lewes (1,550), Adur (1,290) and Mid Sussex (810) are again the top three regions followed by Worthing (790), Horsham (400), Wealden (370) and Eastbourne (310).
Tony Mernagh, the director of Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership, said: “The figures don’t surprise me. The most recent census told us that 33,000 residents leave the city every day for work with 28,000 coming in.
“We are never going to have a balanced housing market, we simply don’t have the space to build the number of homes we need.
“Therefore we must use surrounding areas as best we can. I think Newhaven is underused. The problem is that people don’t think it as “trendy” as Brighton. But then again they never used to think that Portslade or Shoreham was either.
“We need to start working and communicating with our surrounding partners and make sure that transport into the city is adequate.”
One of the more interesting findings is that many people from Cornwall now choose to call Brighton and Hove their home.
Despite the distance and relatively small number of people in the county, 160 Cornish residents decided to make the move east.
Mr Mernagh, who is also chief executive of Brighton and Hove Business Forum, added: “Cornwall has this idyllic image, so my guess would be that people move there and then realise that they miss the sort of things they have become used to such as the arts and nightlife. Brighton is the best of both worlds.
“You have the beach life along with an exciting city.”
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