UK seaside ghost town where empty homes are falling into the sea

A once-thriving seaside hotspot has been reduced to a ghost town, according to locals.

Tourists and families no longer flock to the East Yorkshire coastal village of Skipsea and, after years of neglect, it is now the sad setting for a number of abandoned homes and shacks which are falling into the sea.

Dangerous cliff erosion is placing the properties in peril of tumbling into the North Sea.

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And one concerned resident Jimmy Mac, who lives in one such house with his partner Megan Shaw, lamented: "Look what we're losing. It's beautiful, isn't it?

"It's a dream home. It's just a shame.

"I don't want to move from this house. But I don’t know if I’m going to wake up with my bed in the sea."

The tiny village has even erected signs telling visitors to beware and stay away.

One reads: "Danger. Do not proceed."

Along the seaside front lays a battered arcade which has smashed-in windows and graffiti-covered walls.

Opposite that is an old, derelict and abandoned fish and chip shop and the town's only sign of life is at Skipsea Sands Holiday Park nearby.

The caravan and camping site remains open to tourists but its Tripadvisor reviews are becoming less frequent and more negative.

In 2022, it came under criticism for its "tired" appearance and alleged rat infestation.

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Yorkshire Live reporter Megan Banner, who visited the location this month, said: "It just lies rejected and unloved.

"I saw around two people during my whole visit – nothing in comparison to Filey and Bridlington just up the coast.

"It's exactly what I imagined an 80s caravan holiday to be like, exactly like my parents and grandparents would describe, just nothing has changed or modernised since then – it was just left to rot.

"It's like people here are just waiting for their indefinite fate."

Statistics from 2021 show just 678 people, the majority of whom are over 60, lived in the seaside town.

Millions of pounds is being pumped into saving the small coastal community, but it may not be enough.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the £36million, split between East Riding of Yorkshire Council and North Norfolk District Council, would help locals to "prepare and plan" for the worst.

A spokesman said: "These two locations are already living with the challenges of coastal erosion and between them include 84 per cent of the properties at risk of coastal erosion in England over the next 20 years."

In June last year James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency, added: "While we can come back safely after most river flooding, there's no coming back for land that coastal erosion has taken away or which a rising sea level has put permanently or frequently under water, which means that in some places the right answer will have to be to move communities away from danger."


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