Skegness to apply for funding to rejuvenate high streets

A SCHEME intended to rejuvenate ailing high streets could be piloted in Skegness.

Skegness Area and Town Marketing Partnership (STAMP) will apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to implement recommendations outlined in a recent review of UK high streets and the problems hindering their success.

Town centre manager Stefan Krause said: “Our vision is to bring Skegness into the 21st Century by looking backwards to discover and preserve our heritage, looking around to become a more popular family resort and looking forward to offer exciting and relaxing vacations for all the family.”

The Mary Portas Review of High Streets identifies a number of initiatives the government, local authorities, business and communities could collaborate on to develop prosperous and diverse high streets.

Recommendations include reviewing business rates to support small, independent retailers, targeting negligent landlords and giving communities a greater say in the management of their town centres.

Local government minister Grant Shapps has announced that 12 struggling towns and cities will be offered a share of £1 million to implement the recommendations.

If successful in its application STAMP intends to prioritise pedestrians and cyclists on Lumley Road, create new car parking spaces and consider road closures for major events in the town.

It also aims to expand the traditional holiday season through exciting new community events to create year-round employment opportunities.

Skegness Town Council supported STAMP’s application at its latest meeting last Wednesday. Coun Mark Smith said: “I’m sure we wish out town centre will not only survive but thrive - there’s a great opportunity here to do it.”