Skegness Lumley Road pedestrianisation plans progressing at a pedestrian pace

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FRUSTRATION is mounting among senior Skegness figures at the slow progress being made with their plans to pedestrianise and revitalise Lumley Road due to the county council’s slow pace.

Senior highways officer at Lincolnshire County Council, Ian Mickleburgh, was unable to provide an update on his team’s work looking into the feasibility of such plans at the latest traffic flow meeting.

Many of those attending the meeting at the North Shore Hotel on Friday were extremely disappointed that six months after raising the proposal almost nothing had been achieved.

Chairman of Skegness and District Chamber of Commerce Glenis Brown said: “We never seem to get anything from Ian and there’s lots he could have been doing.”

It had originally been agreed that a trial of the plans to impose traffic restrictions on Lumley Road could have begun by October, however with the lack of progress, that date has now been knocked back to next February.

Members of the traffic flow group believe that any further delays could be detrimental to the rejuvenation of the town’s main shopping street.

SECHWA chairman Nigel Tett said: “We need to make Lumley Road what it used to be - the centre of Skegness and an attraction in itself.

“My fear is if we do nothing the decay will get faster and faster.”

Mr Mickleburgh said the delays had been in waiting for a representative of Skegness Town Council to join the group.

With Coun Dick Edgington now fulfilling that role, Mr Mickleburgh explained that the next step would be to suggest various times when the scheme could operate between and then to run a computer modelling exercise to work out their viability.

The suggestion agreed upon was to close the roads between 10am and 10pm.