‘No facilities’ at coach site

Coaches parked in the coach park at Richmond Drive, Skegness.
Coaches parked in the coach park at Richmond Drive, Skegness.

A lack of facilities at a coach site has been noted as one of the reasons drivers might have been parking en masse on Skegness seafront, councillors have heard.

Drivers need to ‘use a toilet’ and ‘buy a cup of tea’ but those facilities are ‘too far’ away which has prompted Skegness Town Council to put forward a motion to enter discussions with East Lindsey District Council to allow them to take on the running of the Richmond Drive coach park.

For weeks, convoys of coaches have dotted Grand Parade and Coun Phil Kemp, speaking during the full town council meeting last Wednesday, said: “It’s because there’s nothing [at the coach park]”.

“Most people go to the loo and need a cup of tea,” he said.

Coun Kemp thought installing a toilet block or concession with drinks may alleviate the problems and also could make money and bring people back to the area.

But Coun Steve Kirk thought there wasn’t the money to do that, but agreed something needed to been done about it and dialogue needed too be kept going.

He thought it didn’t give ‘the right impression” but argued that nearby facilities were not that far.

Mayor of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter thought that a toilet and facilities would not “cure the problem” and drivers would still drop on the seafront.

And Coun Mark Anderson thought the problem was “all about money”. He suggested that a shuttle bus service to the front could help.

“I fully support the motion, the facility is not used at all. It’s a white elephant,” he said.

In previous weeks, the council had urged traffic wardens to ticket those coaches parked on the front.

The suggestion had followed complaints from businesses who feared their trade was being harmed because visitors have no cause to walk through the town if they are dropped directly on the foreshore.

Business owner Nicola Williams spoke at the meeting to say her takings were significantly down. She said: “The Roman Bank end is suffering terribly.”

And Barry Robinson, owner of Lite Bites cafe on Roman Bank blamed signage as the problem. He said: “Change the signage outside Yates’s to local buses only. This would cure the problem.”

The council voted to support the motion.