Speaking out against plans for new shop in Skegness

The Highwayman
The Highwayman

Residents are opposed to a proposed planning application for a new convenience store that they say they neither want nor need.

Punch Taverns has applied to turn the Highwayman pub car park on Queen Road, Skegness, into a 2,500 square foot retail space. The pub is not part of the development and business will continue there as usual.

Many residents voiced their objections on East Lindsey District Council’s planning consultation page. One claims residents knew nothing about the plans until they were spotted on a sheet of paper wrapped around a Give Way sign but the council has since sent letters to those in the area to ask for their views.

Ward councillor Steve Milner said : “When it went to town council planning, there were no complaints. However, since then, there have been and it was felt not everyone had been informed but letters are now being sent out.

“It’s definitely going to the planning committee and I suggest concerned residents look to attend the meeting which is likely to be April 17, although this might change, at Manby, Louth, to air their concerns at the three-minute public speaking session.”

Most objections to the proposed development were on the grounds of noise, nuisance and traffic problems. Residents say there are already enough takeaways in the town and no more are needed. They are also worried about anti-social behaviour due to the late night up to 11pm opening hours, and they fear the traffic problems at the junction with the A52 will endanger local schoolchildren and add more congestion woes in summer and out-of-season times.

Many also expressed fears for the impact on local businesses in the area.

Darren Dee, who owns two convenience stores in the area, says so far 350 residents have signed a petition against the development.

“All of the signatures are against it and many come from different perspectives from the view that they don’t want any more shops, to the fear of the dangerous junction, and the concern about anti-social behaviour.”

Punch Taverns said: “We can confirm a planning application has been submitted for a convenience store adjacent to the pub and we are awaiting the application. This will not affect the Highwayman pub and it will continue to remain open and trading.”