Skegness Jubilee party organiser explains challenges faced

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THE chief organiser behind Skegness’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations has explained the challenges involved with the event and appealed for community support to overcome them during future celebrations.

Town centre manager Stefan Krause has elaborated further on the various difficulties he faced, after his original explanation that ‘health and safety’ caused many of Sunday’s problems and costs, received an incredulous response from public critics,

Although he feels the event was well visited, despite the weather, Mr Krause has outlined several obstacles involved in organising large events in this area, which he feels can be overcome - but only with local support.

He said: “I’m still convinced the majority of people had an enjoyable day, despite the horrendous weather.

“I can understand the criticisms but to resolve those issues I really need more support because I’m faced with lots of regulations to get around and I need the community’s assistance to overcome these barriers.”

“I really want to take the lessons learned and together we can make future events even better.”

One of the event’s repeated criticisms has been the lack of bunting, which some felt dampened the celebratory atmosphere.

Mr Krause’s explanation that he would have had to ‘jump through hoops’ to comply with the various regulations failed to satisfy many of his critics.

He has since explained that Lincolnshire’s three-tier system of local government was a significant hindrance in these efforts.

To gain permission for such items to be displayed would have required planning permission from East Lindsey District Council and additional clearance from Lincolnshire County Council, which he claims told him it would have refused.

To overcome these obstacles, Mr Krause would like Skegness Town Council to set up a ‘street scene working group’ which could take responsibility for these matters, allowing event organisers to gain permission from just one authority, making it quicker and easier to achieve.

Although other street parties nearby managed to display bunting, Mr Krause has explained that these were far smaller and did not involve road closures - therefore no permission from LCC’s highways was required.

And if Skegness had hosted its party in Tower Gardens rather than Lumley Road, as had previously been suggested, the event would have been cancelled because that site was flooded by rain.

“I still think Lumley Road is fit for purpose to accommodate street parties - we want to continue working with it and if we achieve that goal, that would be this event’s legacy.”

Pedestrianising Lumley Road required 23 new road signs to be bought, which, at £1,200, was one of the event’s most substantial costs.

With those signs now owned by the Skegness Partnership, however, any future events requiring pedestrianisation, would not incur any further sign costs.

One such event, which Mr Krause has high hopes for in the near future, is Lincolnshire Day on September 30,

for which he would like to see the community support him and offer ideas of their own.

“That’s the way the community can shape the event the way they want it,” he said.

Skegness rollerskating enthusiast Georgina Hammond had offered to put on a skating display during Sunday’s street party, and has criticised Mr Krause for failing to reply.

However, he claims to have sent a response and is investigating why it was not received.

Although he is ’very keen’ to invite Georgina to the Lincolnshire Day celebrations, he said it would not have worked for the Jubilee event, as it would have blocked the emergency services route down Lumley Road.