Businesses hit out at ‘neglected’ area

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A DANGEROUS and poorly utilized area in Skegness has been neglected by the district council, despite two generous financial offers to fund improvements, business representatives claim.

Skegness and District Chamber of Commerce highlighted Scarbrough Parade as an area in need of work to make it safe for pedestrians and lighting to improve its appearance.

Two entrepreneurs owning businesses close to the parade offered £2,000 towards the project each if East Lindsey District Council carried out the recommended safety and aesthetic improvements.

More than a year after the initial offer, the chamber is still waiting for ELDC to carry out satisfactory improvements, despite being made aware of the offers from The Pier’s William Mitchell and Botton’s Pleasure Beach’s Jimmy Botton.

Chamber chairman Glenis Brown said: “It’s a dangerous area and they are just ignoring it.

“It could be an attractive area if it were better utilized and to disregard the offer when people offer to contrinue is not acceptable.”

Mrs Brown believes a pathway needs to be built to keep pedestrians heading to the beach safe from traffic and would also like to see the area included in the town’s illuminations.

ELDC’s chief executive Nigel Howells told the chamber that the council’s technical services team were scheduled to look at lighting issues, removing shrubs and laying turf.

Mrs Brown was not impressed with the offer.