Eastbourne has been ranked as the third saddest place in the UK, which has prompted a demand for action.

A new study by Paranimo into local well-being reports found a significant decline in satisfaction, worthwhileness, and happiness in Eastbourne over the last decade.

Local author Tony Flood is calling for Eastbourne Council and East Sussex County Council to react.

He says: “There have been a lot of mixed reactions to this claim about Eastbourne being a sad place, but it is a wake-up call to Eastbourne Council and the County Council to improve facilities and make the town more attractive to both tourists and residents! 

“They should start by getting rid of potholes and boarded-up shops that have closed because they could not afford to pay the high rates or because parking restrictions drove their customers away.” 

Mr Flood, the writer of popular crime thrillers, added: “It would also help to make Eastbourne a happier place if there was a greater police presence.

“Eastbourne has long been regarded as one of the south coast’s loveliest seaside towns, with so many attractions. Now is the time to spend money on improvements to make sure it remains so.”