For years successive Governments have ignored the plight of our once thriving seaside towns. The main political parties have no interest in doing anything to stop the decline. Based on the experience of Robin and myself, Skegness is seen as a political football for both the main parties. Each tries to out do the other in talking about deprivation in Skegness at Council meetings, hoping to get into the papers to win votes. Meanwhile nothing is actually done to stop the decline.
We suspect this is what is happening to the other towns in the list. What is interesting is that the populations are turning to UKIP for common sense solutions. They are realising that the only way to turn their towns around is to help local businesses, and a big step would be to get out of the European Union which destroys economies with red tape and regulations. Properly controlled immigration is essential so that local people have a chance of getting work. We also want to stop the construction of wind farms which are blighting seaviews, ruining the atmosphere of our traditional seaside towns. Residents have become tired of political point scoring and know that it takes more than a few crumbs of funding given by the main party controlled Councils. Skegness has been consistently overlooked, resulting in low infrastructure and business opportunities.
No doubt the hand wringing and political slanging matches will continue from the old parties. In the meantime UKIP colleagues around the country, will fight to stop the decline and reverse it. It is only a matter of time before UKIP return a member of parliament for some of these towns, in particular Skegness. Then maybe this list of deprived towns will become obsolete.
Written by UKIP Councillor Victoria Ayling.