Clacton businesses and residents are urged to take part in a coastal communities consultation by the Labour Party which was officially launched by Euro MP Alex Mayer.
Local campaigners gathered at a stall on Christmas Tree Island, opposite McDonald's to canvass views and publicise the party’s online survey.
Coastal towns are lagging behind inland areas, and have some of the worst levels of economic and social deprivation in the country, according to analysis by the Social Market Foundation think-tank.
It is only a handful of years since Clacton was named as second-most deprived seaside resort in England by the Office for National Statistics.
The area has also had over £200,000 in European funding which is under threat following the Brexit vote.
Alex Mayer MEP said “I do like to be beside the seaside, there's a real nostalgia about our seaside towns, but many local residents feel left behind.
“It might sound like Punch and Judy politics but the reality is that the Tories put a privileged few before hard-working families.
“I welcome this consultation and encourage as many people in Clacton as possible to take part and ensure Labour has the best possible policies for the area when we return to power.”