A leading councillor says Skegness needs investment like the proposed Premier Inn hotelon Pier Field if the town is to prosper.
Coun Steve O’ Dare is a member of East Lindsey District Council Executive Board that was set to consider the sale of the site last week.
The future of Pier Field will now be resolved by full council on February 25 following the submission of a 5,000-plus petition calling for the site to be listed as a community asset.
Councillors will decide whether to designate the site as a community asset or to sell it to KCS developments to build an 80-bedroom Premier Inn and KFC restaurant.
Environment portfolio holder Coun O’ Dare said: “Skegness is a very successful seaside resort, but that success is not being felt through the local population. Deprivation in the town is high now and has been for decades. We need to attract businesses like Premier Inn to reverse the loss of national brands.”
He added: “The issue going to full council will allow a proper debate. I will take full account of all that is said at the meeting before I make a decision.”