Local newspaper Essex Live has criticised a Which? survey of the 100 top UK seaside resorts for omitting Southend-on-Sea, highlighting its array of beaches, activities and transport links.
Though Frinton-on-Sea featured in the top ten, and Clacton-on-Sea languished in the bottom three, Southend was left out despite its popularity among holidaymakers.
“At Essex Live, we love Southend-on-Sea,” stated the paper. “Even though it didn’t make the Which? list, it definitely makes ours.”
“If it was on the list, we think it would have ended up at the very top.”
A bit of a damning omission for a serious survey, Essex Live decided to lobby on Southend’s behalf. Dividing the town’s qualities into four sections, the report detailed the “iconic” historic landmarks such as the pier and Kursaal, as well as the “expansive coastline” and “great swimming water” of the beaches.
“The amount of things to do across Southend’s seafront is astronomical,” added the paper, while also noting the town “has some of the best transport links in Essex.”
Despite Southend’s qualities, a spokesperson for Which? said “towns were only included if we got enough sample size. We did not receive a high enough sample for Southend.”
And yet, some of the UK’s most remote and inaccessible coastal locations did?