Bidders come forward to buy Pier Field

Pier Field Shell
Pier Field Shell

Bids have been submitted to purchase Pier Field after the Skegness seafront site was offered for sale.

The site’s owners East Lindsey District Council confirmed a number offers had been received following the completion of a six month marketing exercise on September 9.

The council agreed to list the parkland as an Asset of Community Value in March following a request from the Save Our Foreshore Group (SFG).

This came after a planning application had been submitted to the authority for a Premier Inn and drive-through KFC.

A six-month freeze, preventing the council from selling Pier Field to anyone else, was triggered after SFG expressed an interest in acquiring the site.

The period allowed other bidders to come forward in an open, independent marketing exercise, overseen by estate agent, Hodgson Elkington.

The council has not revealed the number of bids it has received.

However, SFG said its proposal for the future use of Pier Field had been confirmed as valid by the authority. The group wants the piece of land to become known as The Shell and feature an outdoor amphitheatre.

Portfolio holder for coastal economy, Coun Steve Kirk, said: “The open marketing exercise was an opportunity for anyone with an interest in Pier Field to put forward a bid.”

“If the council is to bring more investment into Skegness in the future and create more employment, it is important it demonstrates to investors that Skegness is open for business and that any opportunity for this will be properly and fairly considered.”

Bids will be assessed by the council during the next few weeks before bringing a report to the Executive Board for consideration. A final decision on the sale of the site will be made by the full council once the bids have been evaluated.

For more information visit www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/pierfield