ONS charts fading fortunes at British seaside resorts

ONS charts fading fortunes at British seaside resorts

Thursday, April 5, 2018 Posted by Luke Massey
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Towns such as Blackpool are synonymous with the gaming business

New figures published by the Office for National Statistics have cast a long shadow over some of the UK’s once-glamorous seaside resorts.

Historically famous for their amusement arcades, beaches and pleasure parks, resorts like Blackpool are now being cited as black spots for poverty and drug abuse.

Blackpool came in for attention from the ONS as having the highest level of drug problems and being the fourth most deprived area out of 326 districts surveyed.

In all, seaside towns constitute more than half of the top 10 worst offenders, with Bournemouth, Hastings, Portsmouth and Swansea experiencing the highest number of fatalities as a result of drug abuse.

Blackpool, specifically, recorded the highest tally of deaths relating to heroin or morphine misuse since 2010, a figure which has now risen to 14 per 100,000 people, nearly twice the figure for the second-most seriously hit area, Burnley. Put in context, the national average is 1.7 in England and 2.3 in Wales.

According to the ONS, Blackpool’s fortunes have been in decline since traditional coastal holidays fell out of favour in the 1960s, with the advent of package holidays abroad.

It’s a far cry from way back in 2006 when the resort was hotly mooted as being a potential test bed for a new breed of super casinos, plans for which were eventually scuppered.

Totally Gaming says: This will be seen as a sad fall from grace for our British seaside resorts which are synonymous with the amusement and gaming business. Evidently there’s a need for investment in these fading resorts to secure a brighter future for those who live, work and play there, including a number of high profile gaming operators.


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