Thanks to a variety of reasons, coastal towns in the UK are now notorious for poverty and deprivation.
Some of them have become locations for the highest rate of drug death in the country.
The Office for National Statistics have highlighted these town’s slide into poverty and people’s drug abuse.
They say that six of the top 10 locations for heroin deaths are in coastal resorts.
Their statistics show the Blackpool has had the highest number of deaths associated to heroin or morphine misuse since 2010, a figure which has now risen to 14 per 100,000 people, almost double the figure for the second-most seriously affected area, Burnley.
The ONS said that the evidence suggests the high levels of death due to drug misuse was linked to deprivation.
In the case of seaside towns, this was likely to be down to their decline amid the rise in popularity of foreign holidays and cheap flights abroad.
It’s no wonder then than some of these seaside towns appear on the list of the 10 worst places in Britain to live.
Do you live in any of these? Have you been to any and would you go again?
Just to put a disclaimer in, we’re not saying they’re the worst places ourselves – we don’t need to as it’s official!
And how nice to see my home town of Middlesbrough hasn’t made the list for once!
10 – Blackpool
Known for its lights, pleasure beach and Blackpool Tower, Blackpool also has a lot of poverty and very run down areas as you get away from the front. Every town has its good and bad areas, but Blackpool seems to have suffered particularly badly with one resident being quoted as saying:
“Go back a few streets from the prom and you will see the deprivation, the ghettos and the scummy pubs that make up the REAL Blackpool.”
With Blackpool being the most popular seaside resort in the UK, it has dropped in numbers of visitors over the years from 17 million in 1992 to 10 million today. Blackpool has it’s own resort pass and includes attractions like Blackpool Zoo, Sandcastle Waterpark and Blackpool model village and gardens.
Another town in the North West, but without a Pleasure Beach or tower to boost its image, Oldham has been announced as Britain’s most deprived town according to the Office of National Statistics. One resident has logged on iLiveHere saying that Oldham looks “as though the government has been performing nuclear testing in the area.”
Oldham is the centre for further education and the performing arts. It’s still distinguished by the surviving cotton mills and other buildings associated with that industry. The town has a population of 103,544 and an area of 26 square miles.
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