‘Expect more investment’ in Skegness

An artist's impression of the Premier Inn in Skegness.by ANL-160920-102610001
An artist's impression of the Premier Inn in Skegness.by ANL-160920-102610001

Skegness can expect even more investment now Premier Inn has been given the green light to build in Skegness.

That’s according to the chairman of Skegness Chamber of Commerce Tony Tye who believes the town is already seeing renewed confidence in the resort from developers.

He said: “It’s fantastic news for the town.

“Our foreshore is going to completely change over the next few years.

“Investment brings investment and that is excellent news for Skegness.”

He claimed further national chains had now shown interest in the town.

East Lindsey District Council planning committee – in line with a recommendation from planning supremo Chris Panton – rubber-stamped the controversial project for the Pier Field on Thursday. It will incorporate a KFC drive-thru eatery and a Brewers Fayre restaurant as well as an 80-bedroom, five-storey hotel and create 76 jobs.

Richard Morton, director of KCS Developments told The Standard after the meeting: “The development will deliver a boost to the local economy by generating additional spending and creating new jobs. We look forward to starting work on site as soon as possible.”

However, the Save Our Foreshore group remain adamant they will continue fighting to preserve the Pier Field for community use. After the debate, Russell Sparkes, of the Grosvenor House Hotel opposite Pier Field, said they were taking legal advice regarding what will be their next step.

There has also been disappointment about the design with the Mayor of Skegness, Coun Dick Edginton, claiming at the meeting that it looked like a hospital.

Rumours circulating town that losing the Pier Field as an overspill car park would mean the loss of the Fairy Dell and other attractions such as the bowling greens on the southern foreshore have been dismissed by East Lindsey District Council.

A spokesman said: “The Fairy Dell, bowling greens and other assets are included in the draft transformation programme consultation but no decision has yet been made.”

* See Wednesday’s Skegness Standard for exciting announcements regarding East Lindsey’s Economic Action Plan.