Both agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy, alongside the nuclear sector at Dungeness and London Ashford International airport at Lydd, both of which offer exciting new opportunities.
Employment centres on the Marsh’s main towns of New Romney and Lydd with Mountfield Industrial Estate at New Romney providing high-quality accommodation for SMEs. The Romney Resource Centre and Business Incubation Centre are also located here, providing space and support for new business start-ups and training to develop the local workforce. There are plans to expand Mountfield Road providing more space for growing businesses and those wanting to start up or relocate to the area.
The Marsh even has its own economic development group, the Romney Marsh Partnership, bringing together key players from the private and public sectors in Kent and East Sussex to pool expertise and resources for the area.
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ROMNEY MARSH, WHAT TO SEE AND DO
New Romney, Lydd, St Mary’s Bay and Dymchurch offer a blend of market town living, tradition and stunning shoreline.
With miles of sandy beaches, the Marsh has a developing reputation for water-sports including kite surfing, and the Varne Boat Club and Action Water Sports are specialist providers of activities at sea and on inland waters. Back on dry land and set in this wonderful landscape, the Championship Links course at Littlestone Golf Club is amongst the top 100 courses in England; while New Romney’s Sports Centre offers an extensive range of facilities including fitness rooms, sports hall, outdoor courts and a relaxation suite.
The miniature steam Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway carries visitors across the Marsh from Hythe to Dungeness, and The Dungeness National Nature Reserve is home to the RSPB’s oldest nature reserve with extensive wetlands and EDF’s nuclear power station and Visitor Centre. Dungeness attracts visitors from all over the world for its wild beauty and due to its unique climate and geography, is the only ‘desert’ in the UK.
Inland, The Marsh offers 100 square miles of countryside, where you can walk and cycle down quiet country lanes and paths, visit village pubs and medieval churches and investigate a fascinating history of invasion and smuggling. Find out more here.
WHERE TO LIVE IN ROMNEY MARSH
London commuters love the array of shoreline sheds and bungalows at Dungeness, which has an artistic appeal to it and there are many of the renowned properties such as the architectural award-winning Pobble House and Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage.
Modern housing along the coast overlooks beaches while the Marsh’s historic towns and villages have cosy cottages and rambling period detached properties.