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Blackpool Council Healthwatch 2013-2018

Blackpool Council Healthwatch 2013-2018

Building a better Blackpool?
Promising progress in a resort of plenty? - Inequality on the coast

Introduction adapted from Blackpool Council Local development Plan (2012 -2027).
Blackpool is England’s largest and most popular seaside resort attracting more than 10
million visitors a year. It is also the main retail, public administration, cultural and
service centre for the Fylde Coast, supporting an estimated population of 326,000
and a workforce3 of around 152,000. Whilst Blackpool remains at the heart of the
UK tourism and visitor economy, it has experienced a significant decline in visitor
numbers from the 1980s onwards; a consequence of growing affluence, enhanced
consumer choice and the perceived obsolescence of the town’s visitor offer. Three
decades of resort decline has led to an underperforming economy and high levels of
deprivation. The town records one of the lowest life expectancy rates nationally and
there are inequalities by deprivation and gender. Blackpool Town Centre is the main
retail and cultural centre for the Fylde Coast. It employs over 6,000 people and
generates a retail turnover of around £300 million per annum (Inequality on the
coast). There is a significant oversupply of small, poor quality bedsits and flats or Houses in Multiple
Occupation (HMO) and the building stock is poor quality and in need of investment
and renewal. Half of the housing stock in the inner areas is in the private rented
sector, housing a high percentage of people on housing benefit

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