Residents have been left asking ‘exactly when’ the work is due to take place on the boarding around the wave-like sculptures at Skegness Railway Station and now it looks set for the end of the summer season, it has been confirmed.
In February, Lincolnshire County Council offered a glimmer of hope announcing work could be started ‘within the next month or so’ but residents who attended the annual meeting of Skegness Town Council last Wednesday, feared it could be further delayed.
Chris Briggs, Head of Transportation at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We have had to reconsider our original proposal after the cost proved to be too high. The alterations to the sculpture will still go ahead, but will be slightly different to what we had originally intended. We’re working to install them as soon as possible and hope to have them in-place by the end of the summer.”
The site was transformed to help create an inviting welcome to the town which transformed the former dilapidated site through a multi-agency collaboration.
But just a short time later, after the £720,000 improvements were completed, an accident on the new plaza’s wave-like sculptures saw them boarded up despite widespread concern.
Coun Danny Brooke present at the meeting, thought LCC seemed to be ‘dragging’ its feet on the issue. And Coun Steve Kirk thought the original idea was to finish the work along with the new Jolly Fisherman statue which has also received widespread controversy about its design.