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A Seaside Tsar should be appointed to help Britain’s forgotten seaside towns fight back from decades of decay, according to new research which paints a grim picture of the problems facing many coastal communities, writes chief reporter Louise Glen.
A report, commissioned by the British Hospitality Association (BHA), says that people living in seaside towns are more likely to be poorly educated, unemployed, unemployable, lacking in ambition, claiming benefits and living in multiple occupation housing.
But many on the west coast of Scotland say this just is not the case.
A separate survey, conducted by the owners of Butlin’s and the BHA, found that more than half of the British public have not visited the British seaside in the past three years, and 65 per cent believe that the British seaside is run down and in need of investment.
What is your view? Could the Seaside Tzar be from Oban, Lochaber, the isles?