Foreshore scheduled for a major face-lift

SIGNIFICANT improvements have been planned to reinvigorate neglected areas of Skegness Foreshore, making it more attractive for visitors and residents alike.

East Lindsey District Council has announced its ‘six figure’ proposals to revamp the area with replanting, landscaping and maintenance schemes ready for the 2012 tourist season.

Chief executive at ELDC Nigel Howells said: “We think it’s important for Skegness that it looks its best and we’ve been looking at how to do that.

“It’s very clear many areas need more attention; some may have become overgrown and some of the plants don’t really cope well with salt air - so there are significant areas for improvement.

“It should be high impact, attractive and provide council tax payers with value for money.”

The plans outlined by Mr Howells include improvements to the front of the Embassy Theatre and the removal of shabby advertising hoardings.

In Compass Gardens there will be new flower beds planted with species that are resilient to the salt air, landscaping works to improve visibility to the sea and the removal of outdated plastic ornaments.

With the London Olympic Games occurring in 2012, much of the new planting is based on the Olympic colour scheme and ELDC hopes the overall aesthetic enhancements will stand the resort in good stead to capitalise on the envisaged tourist opportunities presented by the Games.

Lighting on Scarbrough Esplanade will be improved to make it less ‘gloomy’ and some of the shelters will be redesigned to prevent ‘undesirables’ from congregating there.

Mr Howells believes the improvements to the Southern Foreshore represent the most ambitious part of the project. Here the boating lakes and waterways will be drained and refilled as part of the normal maintenance schedule, the islands in the lake will be tidied up and an environmental pond will be established to the south of the lakes.

This correlates with the long term aspirations laid out in the Masterplan consultation, in which the southern part of the Foreshore is allocated as an environmental zone. It will be developed in partnership with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust at Gibraltar Point and it is hoped to expand the resort’s tourist appeal to a new variety of visitors.

The works are scheduled to take place over the winter, costing an undisclosed six figure sum and will involve outside contractors. However the initial expenditure is envisaged to make the day-to-day maintenance of the Street Scene easier and therefore cheaper.

ELDC presented its proposals to the Skegness business community on Thursday. Charirman of Skegness and District Chamber of Commerce, Glenis Brown said: “I’m very pleased they are doing something with it and very pleased with the person who is doing all of the planting, I’ve just a few little concerns about the wetland area.”