Calls for action over ‘bus bays’ on Skegness seafront

There seems to be confusion following the new parking restrictions along the seafront in Skegness.
There seems to be confusion following the new parking restrictions along the seafront in Skegness.

Coach trips are continuing to use a space outside Skegness theatre as a drop-off for visitors, in spite of new parking restrictions to end a congestion nightmare along the seafront.

New restrictions were introduced last month in the hope of improving traffic flow affected by vehicles parking on both sides of the road, which also made it difficult for pedestrians to cross safely.

However, according to Coun David Cargill, what was expected to be one space for a local service bus outside the Embassy Centre is large enough for four – and he is now calling for action to get it rectified.

Coun Cargill is proposing a motion at tonight’s meeting of Skegness Town Council, asking for communication with Lincolnshire County Council and East Lindsey District Council to ask why the original plan has been changed.

It states: “On the original plan the colour was wrong indicating a loading bay and a sign saying “LOCAL BUSES ONLY” However, now the signage is done the bus bay is large enough for four coaches (so encouraging a drop off here) and the sign says “BUSES ONLY”. Hence coaches are still dropping off and picking up here.”

The motion, which is seconded by Coun Maggie Gray, asks: “Are these errors to be corrected? I feel that Skegness Town Council is being ignored yet again as are our residents and that it is time for us councillors to make a stand for our town.”

Coun Gray said: “Nobody seems to know who goes where. Not even the traffic wardens are aware of the new restrictions. Drivers don’t seem to look at the road markings and see that there are two lanes going one way and one the other and park anyway restricting the flow of traffic. Personally, I think it’s been that way since the year dot and nobody likes change.”

The meeting starts at 7pm.