Council recommends selling Pier Field in Skegness to Premier Inn developer

Pier Field, Skegness.
Pier Field, Skegness.

A report over the future of a controversial stretch of public land on Skegness seafront recommends selling to the highest bidder.

The long-running battle over Pier Field looks set to be decided on Wednesday when East Lindsey District Council will vote on whether to sell the site.

Councillors are recommended to sell the site to the highest bidder - KCS Developments, which previously put forward a scheme to build a 80-bed Premier Inn and KFC restaurant.

They will also have the option not to sell the land.

A rival bid had been mounted by The Save our Foreshore group to create an area for entertainment and sports events including an amphitheatre called The Shell.

Speaking at a public meeting to consider the future of the site, co-chairman Russell Sparkes called for the council not to sell the land.

A council spokesman said that if the council agrees to sell Pier Field that it does so for the ‘best consideration reasonably obtainable – the highest bid’.