Academics to lecture on redeveloping Skegness economy

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Economic experts will be lecturing on how to regenerate Skegness at a mayoral symposium held in the town later this month.

The Mayor of Skegness has invited three eminent academics to speak at his ‘Legacy Lecture’ as a fitting conclusion to his year in office.

“I’ve been criticised by some quarters for not doing much during my mayoral year,” he said.

“But I’ve been slogging away trying to rebuild Skegness, its foreshore, its community and its confidence and what we’ve put together this year is a sound foundation to pave the way forward for us as a community.

“Both the business sector and the community can celebrate the achievements that have been made in 20012 and 13 that’s why I have asked these three eminent professors to give a lecture on the subject of economic development and regeneration to help us achieve our goals.”

The lectures will be presented at Meanie Bobini’s, formerly Harveys Bar, Skegness, on Tuesday, April 30.

Coun Anderson and East Lindsey District Council’s portfolio holder for economic regeneration Coun Craig Leyland will be welcoming guests to the free event at 10.30am.

Coun Leyland said: “We would like to involve as many people as possible as the issue of economic development is very important, especially in this climate, when funds are short, but there is a growing need to encourage people to come and spend their money in the area.

“It’s a difficult one but I am looking forward to hearing the speakers’ perspectives on the issue.”

Professor Gerard McElwee from Sheffield Hallam University, Dr Gary Bosworth from the University of Lincoln and Professor Nigel Curry from the University of Gloucestershire will then each give lectures on national and local economic issues, growth, regeneration and land use planning.

Coun Anderson and Ivan Annibal from Rose Regeneration will then give the Skegness perspective following which there will be a discussion before the meeting closes at around 12.20pm.

The lecture is open to anyone but booking is essential.

To book your place log onto Survey Monkey or call Mr Annibal on 07768 898158.