Aldi sets sights on Skegness in football relocation plans

Skegness Town's proposed new clubhouse.
Skegness Town's proposed new clubhouse.

The relocation of Skegness Town FC would bring supermarket chain Aldi to the town it has been confirmed.

Up to 200 jobs would be created in the area as part of the development plans if they got they go-ahead, and would also see a Marstons pub come to the resort.

Skegness Town are set to move to Wainfleet Road, leaving their current Burgh Road site free for development.

Developers Quora, the firm behind the proposals, confirmed they have been working with Skegness Town FC for more than a year. The proposals will include a mixed use development incorporating retail and leisure uses.

Richard Wherry, a director of Quora, said: “We are delighted to announce that Aldi and Marstons, a food-led family public house, have been confirmed as tenants. We are also having detailed discussions with a number of other retailers for the site.”

Mark Taylor, property director for Aldi Stores, stated: “Aldi are extremely excited about delivering a new store to Skegness and are behind the Burgh Road proposals. The new Aldi store will employ up to 50 local people and bring a discount foodstore to the north-east side of Skegness.”

The announcement comes following last week’s decisionby East Lindsey District Council to surrender the lease of Wainfleet Road Playing Field from Skegness Sports Association.

The proposals at the Burgh Road site will fund the relocation of Skegness Town to a new and improved sporting facility at Wainfleet Road. The developers are investing in new pitches as well as a new 3G pitch that will be available for community use. The proposals also include a new clubhouse and spectator stands.

The redevelopment of the existing facilities at Wainfleet Road also has the backing of Skegness Rugby Club, Lincolnshire FA, East Lindsey District Council and Skegness Sports Association.

Allan Gray, club secretary for Skegness Town, said: “The new proposals for Skegness Town FC to move to Wainfleet Road, will guarantee the club’s long term future. It will also mean that the supporters will be able to watch the matches under cover in a modern all-seated stand, and be served refreshments in a new clubhouse.”

He added it would allow the club to move up the footballing pyramid.

Chairman of Skegness Sports Association Steve O’Dare said: “The enhancement of facilities at Wainfleet Road’s sports field will benefit Skegness Town Football Club, Skegness Rugby Union Football Club, the Sport’s Association and the sporting community in Skegness as a whole.”

The developers will be holding a consultation event prior to submitting a planning application. This will take place on Wednesday, January 28, at the clubhouse on Burgh Road from 3-7pm. This will be an opportunity for people to find out more about the proposals. If you cannot attend but would like to offer support email quoraconsul or call (Freephone number) on 0800 978 8968.