Marina could expand tourism

A MARINA could expand Skegness’s tourist offer into new visitor markets but may take a long time to achieve, town councillors have said.

Councillors discussed the suggestion during their latest meeting on Wednesday in response to an Alford resident’s letter proposing the development as a means to create jobs and prosperity in the area.

The letter’s author felt a mooring for yachts and cruisers built adjacent to the Esplanade could attract those of a ‘nautical bent who have the finances to indulge themselves’, thereby boosting the economy.

Although several councillors conceded it was ‘no more than an aspiration’ in the current financial climate, others felt it was a chance to show some vision and direction.

Coun Neil Cooper said: “There’s a big opportunity - it’s about supporting what Skegness is about - the traditional family holiday, but also adding to that with something different, which could attract people form a different social group with perhaps a but more money that would enhance what Skegness has to offer.”

Coun Mark Smith also felt it would be ‘wonderful’ if funding to extend the pier could be found and hoped the council would help ‘drive forward the aspirations with the people of Skegness.’

And Coun Phil Kemp was equally pleased to see the subject discussed, which he said had been an aspiration of his for some time. However, he was concerned that the lack of a natural harbour and the shallow sea-bed could make the project difficult to achieve.