A MAJOR tourist attraction looks set for an ambitious £4 million expansion that will create up to 30 jobs - it has been announced.
Skegness firm Ellis Bros (Contractors) Ltd has submitted a planning application to expand it’s award winning caravan site at Skegness Water Leisure Park.
If approved the multi-million pound proposals would create another 189 static caravan pitches around a second landscaped fishing lake.
The park’s existing David Bellamy Gold Award wildlife habitats would also be enhanced with an outdoor wild butterfly garden and nature trail.
All year round ‘state-of-the-art’ sports facilities would also be created, including an all-weather tennis ‘bubble’, fitness suites, sports courts (badminton, volleyball, five-a-side football, indoor hockey, basketball etc) and a new community playing field.
At the centre of the facilities would be a brand new, environmentally friendly hub with sports bar and bistro, changing facilities and Reception with offices.
The firm said that as well as safeguarding the jobs of its existing 53 employees, the plans will also create another 30 jobs - the majority of which will be permanent due to the proposed year-round operation of the facilities.
Ellis Bros’ group manager, John Chappell, said: “The proposed scheme represents a massive investment in the local economy, by local people for local people and the holidaymakers who are the economic lifeblood of the town.
“The proposed development will provide much needed facilities for the local community and bring extra tourists to Skegness, which is good news for everyone.
“We are excited by the opportunity to cement our reputation as one of the biggest and best parks on the east coast and this will make Skegness Water Leisure Park a resort in its own right,” he added.
Under the plans the new sports centre will include coaching staff and will offer affordable sessions to the guests and the local population on a “pay-as-you-play” basis.
Local discussions are already being held to discuss provision of regular football training sessions for local youngsters at the centre throughout the year.
Summer ‘sports camps’ for kids are also anticipated.
The park is located on Walls Lane, Ingoldmells, on the outskirts of Skegness.
It was opened in 1991 and has since grown to be one of the largest caravan parks in the town.