Campaign group calls for Pier Field not to be sold

Pier Field, Skegness.
Pier Field, Skegness.

A campaign group seeking to preserve public land on Skegness seafront has made a final call for the site not to be sold.

The future of Pier Field is due to be decided at a full meeting of East Lindsey District Council on December 2.

And this week it was revealed councillors would be asked to vote on two proposals - either sell the land to the highest bidder or keep it - with officers recommending the former.

That highest bid has come from KCS Developments, which had previously submitted a plan to build a 80-bedroom Premier Inn and KFC restaurant on the site.

After this scheme was made public a campaign group mounted opposition, which resulted in a bidding process being opened.

The Save our Foreshore group want to preserve the site as a green space - creating an area for entertainment and sports events, including an amphitheatre called The Shell.

Speaking at a meeting to consider the future of the site on Thursday, co-chairman Russell Sparkes called for the council not to sell the land.

He said: “Save our Foreshore has come to recognise that the council should not be selling that land. By their own admission, Pier Field is making £80,000 a year from car parking fees. Let us stage events on there and we could give the council 25 per cent.”

Mr Sparkes claimed the council did not have to sell to the highest bidder and could accept an offer for under £2m less.

He added: “If the councillors vote to sell the land I can say there will be the biggest court case coming up.”

The land was placed on the open market in March at the same time as it was listed as an asset of community value.

A spokesman for East Lindsey District Council said: “The report to council recommends that if council agrees to sell Pier Field that it does so for the ‘best consideration’ reasonably obtainable – the highest 
bid.

“Council can, however, choose not to sell the site and to explore other options. There is no justification for the council to sell the site for less than best consideration.

“The council will robustly defend the decisions it 
takes.”