SKEGNESS’S economy ‘will die’ if proposals to restrict caravan licenses to six month occupancy are approved, the town’s mayor fears.
Coun Mark Anderson was vehemently opposed to East Lindsey District Council’s draft core strategy, which recommends the restriction, when it was discussed at the Skegness Area Committee meeting at Anderby Village Hall on Monday.
Speaking after the meeting he said: “I think its absolutely ridiculous – how can you expect people to invest millions into a businesses which is only going to operate for half of the year?
“The whole economy will die because it has a domino effect on the entire town - if we don’t have the visitors here, they won’t spend their money on local businesses.”
He feels it would be more sensible to work with suite owners to ensure they have an effective flood evacuation risk assessment to ensure their guests’ safety.
The recommendation was formed through consultation with the Environment Agency, which advised on flood risks affecting the region.
A spokesperson for the EA: “We know from evidence and history that the likelihood of significant tidal storms which could lead to flooding is greater in the winter months.
“This is one of the reasons the planning authority restricts occupation periods for vulnerable types of accommodation, such as caravans.”
ELDC’s draft core strategy is intended to support growth throughout the district and will be discussed by councillors at a meeting this evening (Wednesday)
If approved there will be a public consultation on the proposals from October 19, which Coun Anderson has urged the public to partake in.