Locals in Blackpool have responded to the town’s ranking in a government report into the UK’s most deprived areas.
Clarke Shaw, who works in a carpet shop on Central Drive, says a new business wouldn’t last six months there.
The area, close to the town centre, has been ranked the second most deprived area in the UK. This is according to statistics collected by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
Mr Shaw said his business was successful because it was long established, but other shops lie vacant along the road.
Mark Blyth, who has lived on Central Drive for over a year cites the area’s drug scene as one of the main problems. He described how he sees “so many dealers hanging around on street corners.”
A further seven areas across the resort were included in the top ten, out of a total of 32,844 areas and communities.
Despite this humiliation, Andy Mitchell of Radio Wave, insisted that huge investments, along with improved transport systems are turning the town around.
He said: “We have some big investment coming into the town, which will benefit employment significantly.”
He said this included £300 million pounds worth of investment which has been pumped into a huge project within Central Station area of the town centre.
He added: “All this will keep Blackpool rolling as it has done for 150 years.”
A government spokesman said: “The government is committed to levelling across the country and with unemployment levels continuing to fall and wages rising at their fastest in over a decade, we’re committed to supporting families with their cost of living.
“We’re providing more support to the most deprived authorities, which now have a spending power 16% higher per home than the least deprived.”
Jaywick, Essex was the most deprived area, with Anfield in Liverpool also falling into the top ten.
Areas were critically ranked on income, employment, education, health and crime.
Blackpool Council said they could not comment at this time.