Skegness left to ‘fend for itself’

Coun Mark Anderson insists the Scarbrough Esplanade project could still go ahead with other sources of funding.
Coun Mark Anderson insists the Scarbrough Esplanade project could still go ahead with other sources of funding.
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A key figure behind plans to create an all year attraction in Skegness has blamed its recent funding setback on a lack of county council support.

Three time mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Anderson insists the ambitious £1.2m covered canopy project for Scarbrough Esplanade will still progress despite it being dropped from Lincolnshire’s European funding bid.

But he has accused Lincolnshire County Council of leaving the coast to ‘fend for itself’ by refusing to support the project - an all weather attraction linking Skegness Pier and Botton’s Pleasure Beach.

“They spend millions on projects in Lincoln, Gainsbrough and Grantham but nothing in Skegness - I think it’s appalling,” he said.

“As a small town we don’t have the political clout or the big businesses so unless we get more support from the authorities I’m very concerned about our future.

“It hurts to see how much we are struggling.”

The county council’s executive member for the economy Coun Colin Davie had criticised the private investors in the project for failing to make substantial contributions, when explaining the reasons for its failure.

However Coun Anderson felt Skegness’s ‘small, family run’ businesses could not hope to contribute as much as Lincoln’s vast multinational companies and therefore required more support.

Coun Davie has dismissed the suggestion that the county council does not support the coast as ‘absolute rubbish’ highlighting initiatives such as the superfast broadband, Chapel Point Observatory and the Bathing Beauties as just some of the possible examples.

“However, it’s not the public sector’s job to make profits for private business,” he added. “The reason the Esplanade project has not proceeded is because the level of support from the private sector was not there.”