The volunteers and probation service supervisors who have helped keep coastal footpaths accessible for all, were thanked last week for their ongoing efforts.
Coastal access campaigner Paul Marshall invited councillors, community groups and Lincolnshire Probation Trust representatives to attend a presentation in honour of their work at Sea View Walk on the Skegness coast.
Mr Marshall, who formed the Coastal Access For All group to ensure the disabled and elderly users of mobility scooters and wheelchairs could travel unencumbered along the shoreline, believes the promenades are the best they have looked in many years thanks to their work.
“The committee is very thankful for the work that the team has undertaken and the many local residents and visitors to this area of natural beauty are also very appreciative - they say it is the best it has looked in many years,” he said.
Last Wednesday, May 1, Nigel Smith and Dave Hardy, supervisors with the Lincolnshire Probation Trust, handed over a plaque to Skegness Town Council’s Coun Mark Smith, the town manager Stefan Krause and the Storehouse pastor Dave Middleton, who has sponsored much of the project.
The presentation was held to mark the achievements of the Lincolnshire Probation Trust, which for the past two months has brought groups of offenders, sentenced by the courts to carry out unpaid work through the Community Payback scheme, to assist Mr Marshall’s project.
“The groups work hard at the task and seem to benefit from being in the open air and the fact that they can see an end product,” said Mr Marshall of the offenders.
Other groups including Witham Lodge’s Hope Volunteers, Skegness Armay Cadets, The Storehouse Church and students at Skegness Grammar School have also given up their time and energy to support Coastal Access For All.
Volunteers have helped clear the footpaths of sand, cut back the buckthorn and clear litter from the beach, to make the coastline a more pleasant place for its visitors.
Lincolnshire Probation Trust carried out 67,500 hours of Community Payback work on projects ranging from litter-picking and weeding to painting and decorating and woodland conservation.
The work is valued at £418,000 at the minimum adult wage of £6.19 per hour.