This week’s guest column comes from Coun Steve O’Dare,
portfolio holder for the environment, at East Lindsey District Council...
With spring upon us and the busy season just around the corner our focus is firmly on gearing up for an influx of visitors.
We have our fingers crossed for great weather to support what we hope will be a successful season for the business community, which particularly on the coast relies so heavily on tourism.
For us, work started some time ago in making our preparations for the season ahead. Our order of 13,000 plants is already in with the garden centre and when the warmer weather arrives we’ll start planting the six gardens along the foreshore. There will be 140 railing troughs lining the North Parade, Grand Parade and South Parade areas of Skegness, along with 20 tiered planters placed throughout the town.
Our cleansing and gardening teams are often the unsung heroes of the council. They will be out working seven days a week from 6am to 8pm to make sure the town is looking its best for both local people and visitors to the area. As well as street cleaning from early in the morning until late evening, we have a rigorous cleaning programme for the main beach and we’ll be churning the sand early each morning with a ‘Surf Rake’ to ensure any litter is removed. At the height of the season we will empty 600 bins in Skegness alone - some often emptied three of four times each day.
An important project for us in recent months has been the revamp of the public toilets at Lumley Square and in time for Easter we will have completed our work on the refurbishment of the public toilets at the Festival Car Park. Both have seen a major overhaul.
In addition to gardening, cleaning and public toilets, the Fairy Dell Paddling Pool will open May 23 and the theatre has a great line up of shows planned (www.embassytheatre.co.uk).
We’d like to take this opportunity to wish the business community a very busy summer season and hope everyone visiting has a great time.