Move to improve road safety on the seafront

The meeting at the Embassy Theatre to consider tackling congestion 'problems on Grand Parade. Photo by Barry Robinson.
The meeting at the Embassy Theatre to consider tackling congestion 'problems on Grand Parade. Photo by Barry Robinson.
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Moves are being made to ease severe traffic congestion on a stretch of Skegness seafront.

The section of Grand Parade close to the Embassy Centre has been identified as a potentially dangerous pinch-point, particularly during the summer holiday season.

Now action is being proposed to ease the problem increased by coaches using bus bays at the Embassy and disabled drivers parking across the road close to Tower Gardens.

Plans for a traffic regulation order preventing disabled parking between the pier and Clock Tower are set to be debated at a meeting of Skegness Town Council next week.

Skegness town councillor Robin Hunter Clarke, one of the members putting forward the proposal, said: “I have received a number of complaints from members of the public on the safety of this section of road. It is difficult to ban coaches dropping off outside the Embassy Centre. The coach companies will want to go elsewhere and that is not a good thing.

“The proposal we are taking forward is to stop disabled parking across the road from the Embassy. This is not trying to prevent disabled parking on the seafront, it would be moved to a designated area on South Parade.”

A meeting took place at the Embassy Theatre recently between councillors, highway officers from Lincolnshire County Council and local campaigners.

Lite Bites café owner Barry Robinson was one of several Skegness shopkeepers signing a petition earlier this year calling for coaches to use the town’s coach park.

He said: “The problem really lies with the coaches. Service buses should be using the bay.” He added: “It is an accident waiting to happen.”