Seaside towns are “deprived”

Seaside towns have been flagged up as suffering above average deprivation, according to figures just released from the Office for National Statistics.

Eastbourne is listed as the 15th most deprived large seaside resort – well below neighbours Hastings, which came in at number three out of the large resorts, and just below Brighton, which ranked number 14. Eastbourne was found to be the eighth largest seaside resort analysed with a population of 99,300.

The figures show seaside towns are suffering in terms of health and disability, employment and income compared to the rest of the country. Skegness had the highest level of deprivation out of a total of 57 medium and large resorts. Blackpool was the second highest overall and Clacton-on-Sea, in Essex, came third.

The study was compiled to test the idea that the resorts had declined due to the success of package holidays abroad.

The report reads, “There is a perception that the economies of English towns and cities which once thrived on seaside resort tourism have declined and are enduring high levels of deprivation as a result of people going abroad for their holidays.

“Larger seaside destinations generally had greater levels of deprivation than the rest of England in 2007 and 2010.”

Statistics were collated to cover seven main areas: income deprivation, employment deprivation, health deprivation and disability, education, skills and training deprivation, barriers to housing and services, crime and living environment deprivation.

The Devonshire ward of Eastbourne, in the town centre, is the most deprived ward in Eastbourne – and among the 10 per cent most deprived wards in East Sussex.