A petition has been set up to try and stop Channel 4’s controversial series ‘Skint’ being filmed in Morecambe.
Joshua Brandwood, from Morecambe, set up the petition in response to a post on social media site Facebook by ‘Skint’ suggesting that Morecambe could be a possible location for the TV programme.
Currently being shown on Channel 4, ‘Skint’ depicts the lives of people who are long-term unemployed, but has been criticised for depicting drug addicts, shoplifters and alcoholics in a bid to boost television ratings.
Josh, a student at the University of Central Lancashire, said: “I have had hundreds of people supporting me in my efforts to stop Channel 4’s new TV programme ‘Skint’ from being filmed in Morecambe.
“My argument is it will portray Morecambe in a negative light and ultimately ruin the morale in the area and also have an adverse impact on current and developing businesses.
“I have created an e-petition addressed to Channel 4 and their production company Keo Films to cancel the show ‘Skint which 70 signed within the first hour.”
So far, 195 people have signed the petition.
The petition on the site.www.change.org, says: “Channel 4 created a series-based programme called ‘Skint’ which portrays towns and cities within the UK as poverty-stricken.
“The programme ‘Skint’ is tasteless and attempts to cause controversy amongst communities. This is not acceptable and should be stopped.
“Your town could be a victim. Make it stop, do not let organisations such as Channel 4 make a mockery of your town.”
Sign the petition at www.change.org/p/channel-4-cancel-skint-on-channel-4-2.
Channel Four said programme makers have no plans to feature Morecambe on it’s show, “Skint”.
They said the “Skint” Facebook site is fake, that there is no truth in the rumour and that Morecambe hasn’t been discussed as being part of the controversial programme.