Proposals for a sea taxi linking Skegness and Norfolk have won town council support, though a tour operator believes they would face ‘serious problems’ in making it a reality.
Coun Carl Macey’s motion to explore the forging of links with Hunstanton for the resorts’ ‘mutual benefit’ was carried at Wednesday’s Skegness Town Council meeting.
The Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Anderson said it was a ‘wonderful idea’ and praised Coun Macey for showing ‘vision and ambition’ in raising it.
Comparing the project to the ‘absolutely fantastic’ boat trips operated by the Boston Bell, Coun Mark Smith hoped it could attract affluent bird-watchers to the resort.
Coun Neil Cooper also felt the sea taxis could bring new visitors if day-trippers from north Norfolk were inspired to return to Skegness for longer breaks.
Although Coun Steve Kirk suggested businesses in Skegness may object to the potential loss of visitors across the Wash, he felt that would be balanced by the incoming crowds.
“I think it would be good for Skegness and something different,” he said.
However Coun Cooper, who had journeyed on the Wash Monster - a vessel already operating from Hunstanton - warned that the regulations and licences required by such a venture could cause difficulties.
Wash Monster operator, Searles, has since expressed doubts about the viability of such a project.
Company owner William Searles said Skegness beach was too shallow and would require at least half a million pounds’ investment to enable amphibious crafts such as his to land or depart.
He also claimed the strong currents and shifting sand bars would make journeys between Skegness and Hunstanton across the Wash in such vessels too dangerous.
Larger vessels, capable of making the journey, would require a harbour and far more investment, he added.