Campaigners hand in Pier Field petition

A petition has been handed in objecting to the proposed sale of Pier Field
A petition has been handed in objecting to the proposed sale of Pier Field

Campaigners battling plans to open a Premier Inn hotel on Skegness seafront have submitted a 700 signature petition objecting to the development.

A petition and letters of objection were handed in today (Wednesday) to East Lindsey District Council, which owns the Pier Field site.

The council issued a public notice proposing to sell Pier Field earlier this month. The deadline for responses is next Monday.

Local business owners, residents and holidaymakers have signed the petition opposing any sale to the hotel chain.

The Save our Foreshore Group was set up to fight the plan and the campaign is backed by the Skegness East Coast and Wolds Hospitality Association (SECWHA).

Premier Inn first revealed its interest in Pier Field last June. The council’s Executive Board is due to decide whether to approve the sale on January 13.

A statement from East Lindsey District Council said: “No planning application has been submitted by any developer for the site. The sale of a piece of land is separate from the planning process. And would be subject to contract and planning consent being secured.

“The public notice is a statutory notice placed prior to the council considering the sale of any land and is a requirement under the Local Government Act.

“Any feedback received will be included in the report to the Executive Board when it considers the sale.”

See more in next week’s Skegness Standard.