Railway wave boards delay is extended

Still boarded up: The boards are still covering the wave-like sculptures at Skegness Railway Station.
Still boarded up: The boards are still covering the wave-like sculptures at Skegness Railway Station.

Further delays have hampered work starting on the wave-like sculptures, which have been boarded-up for more than a year, outside Skegness railway station.

Lincolnshire County Council says the work, which had been expected to begin late this summer, is now set to begin ‘towards the end of October’.

“I apologise for the delays associated with this project,” said a council spokesman.

“We are keen to make the alterations as soon as possible, but to minimise disruption we have decided to coincide this work with the installation of the new Jolly statue,

“This will take place towards the end of October.”

The sculptures, which formed part of an £800,000 station plaza landscaping project, completed in early 2012, have been surrounded in controversy since their unveiling.

They were boarded up just weeks later, in response to safety fears raised when a teenage boy injured himself while playing on them.

Over the intervening months, Skegness residents and councillors have repeatedly sought action to remove the boards because of the unsightly first impression they present to rail visitors.

The plinth, which has remained empty since the work’s completion, will feature a new and improved sculpture of the Jolly Fisherman, based on the dilapidated old version which had stood at the station since 1989.

The sculptor behind the original model, Siobhan Coppinger, has been working on the new version, made from a hard wearing resin, since June and is expected to have completed it by the end of October.