Authorities hit out at ‘deprivation’ claim

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A report which deemed Skegness and Ingoldmells as the ‘most deprived seaside’ areas in Britain has prompted local authorities to urge the government to invest more into the area.

The Office for National Statistics ranked 57 of the largest seaside towns using a range of measures of deprivation, which was released last Wednesday.

Councillor Colin Davie, executive member for economic development for Lincolnshire County Council (LCC), said: “We’ll be using this report not only to highlight the situation to the government and encourage them to invest more in the local area, but as a tool in further discussions with our partners locally.”

And East Lindsey District Council said they were aware of deprivation issues but stated it was a busy resort.

“Skegness and Ingoldmells are home to a bustling tourism industry and remain some of the most popular visitor destinations, with millions of visitors coming to the area,” said Councillor Craig Leyland, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration for ELDC.

The report looked at official poverty data and the divide across Britain’s coastlines. It suggested that some towns are in decline and some have avoided the drop. It put Skegness and Ingoldmells at top of the most deprived medium sized towns, topping Seaham, Ryde and Fleetwood.

And Coun Colin Davie, said LCC had also invested significantly in the area, which in turn has attracted EU funding for a wide range of projects aimed at improving things.

“We are currently spending £50m in improving broadband county-wide, which includes a £300,000 investment in wireless technology in Ingoldmells. We also won £200,000 of Coastal Community Funding, and led an ERDF-funded project to improve Skegness railway station.”

Coun Davie believes that more still needs to be done in terms of economic growth which isn’t just focused on the tourism. Blackpool was ranked the most deprived large resort and Skegness and Ingoldmells had the highest deprivation levels above the national average.