With a length of over 1817 feet, a width of 25 feet and an elaborate gothic archway leading to its entrance, which was, at the time at the top of a flight of 8 steps, the pier was simply awesome.This really was Victorian grandeur at its very best.According to the travel website Destination Tips, Skegness, in Lincolnshire, ranks ninth alongside the likes of Damascus in Syria as well as Pyongyang in North Korea.The once popular seaside town, which boasts a pier, arcades and an amusement park, is now considered worse than Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, infamous for its high crime and carjacking, the website claims.
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John Byford, 48, councillor for Skegness South, said: “Opportunities around here are few and far between. People like it that we don’t have the fast motorways, but that’s also a problem because it means we don’t get the industry.”Larger seaside towns generally fared worse than the middle-sized ones in the ONS analysis, with Blackpool topping the bigger resorts for deprivation.
Although it welcomes more visitors a year than any other UK coastal town, it had the highest level of deprivation of the larger English seaside destinations in 2010.