Social housing set for Wiltex site?

The Wiltex building in Roman Bank, Skegness
The Wiltex building in Roman Bank, Skegness

A dilapidated building dubbed recently as a ‘monstrosity’ could see its site turned into social housing if talks go in the right direction.

Coun Steve O’Dare, said he was finally ready to reveal what could be in store for the Wiltex building in Roman Bank, when he spoke during the annual meeting of Skegness Town Council, last Wednesday.

Although he said it was only in the early stages, the owner of the site had been contacted by East Lindsey District Council regarding a possible sale but the owner ‘didn’t respond in the period of time’.

Coun O’Dare confirmed that there had been preliminary talks with Waterloo Housing taking the site for social housing and initially the group said yes.

But admitted it could be another three to four weeks before more was known and the district council could look to seek a compulsory purchase order of the site if Waterloo Housing agreed to the plan from the offset.

Planning permission was granted for the site back in the 1970s for shops with homes above but no work has ever been started.

Coun O’Dare believed the owner wanting to start the work was unlikely, he said: “The chances after 30 years, initially nill. It can’t be sold for normal housing.”

He also believed the location to be right as social housing already exists in the area and if the site were to be left as is, it would only become more dilapidated and stated that the district council would have to render it safe.