Time to look forward to bright future for Skegness

Skegness Clock Tower. Photo: John Byford
Skegness Clock Tower. Photo: John Byford

As the iconic Skegness Clock Tower strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve it is hoped it will signify a bright new year dawning for the town – and everyone is invited to get a ticket to join the ride.

Flying high on becoming one of only two seaside resorts to achieve World Host Destination status, the key achievements of this year are driving businesses forward with new investments and ambitions.

The past year saw Skegness Partnership achieve Coastal Community Team status and funding, a successful bid for £50,000 of Coastal Revival funding for the Tower Gardens Pavilion, three awards in the East Midlands in Bloom competition, securing £5,000 of funding from Anglian Water for events, and the first Skegness Business Awards.

In addition there has been the opening of the Lidl store of the future and confirmation of plans by Premier Inn and Travelodge to build hotels here.

Skegness Aquarium, which opened this year, is continuing its development while owners Teen Spirit Ltd plan more investment at attractions they own across the resort, including the Model Village, the Waterway, the Tower Cinema and the Big Top at BJ’s in Ingoldmells.

And this could see a single ticket for people to enjoy all of the attractions - similar to Disneyland.

Town centre manager Lisa Collins said: “We are entering 2016 in a good position with projects to work on and a clear sense of purpose.”

A spokesman for Teen Spirit Ltd said: “We have a lot of exciting things happening at different venues across the resort.

“We want to encourage more people to Skegness, but we are also budget conscious. We are looking at being able to offer a ticket that includes all the attractions, like ones issued in Disneyland - and to offer local people 15 per cent discount on everything subject to them showing ID.”

Town centre manager Lisa Collins said: “2015 has been a busy and productive year. It has enabled us to lay the foundations and develop a strategy and vision for Skegness. We are entering 2016 in a good position with projects to work on and a clear sense of purpose. What is heartening is witnessing the strong sense of community and enhanced partnership working at many levels, but especially within the local business community and I would like to thank all of those involved in achieving this. With this level of drive and ambition for the town it can only lead to an improving economic picture.

“I would like to wish everyone a happy, peaceful and prosperous new year and look forward to continuing to drive things forward for the benefit of all.”