Bus cuts ‘causing local job losses’

Bus cuts in and around the Skegness area are beginning to be felt by local businesses.
Bus cuts in and around the Skegness area are beginning to be felt by local businesses.

A CLUB in Skegness may have to slash jobs a result of falling trade which they say is a ‘direct result’ or the area’s recent bus cuts.

The Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Grand Parade say they could end up having to lay-off staff because the nights have become so quiet with members not being able to get into Skegness on a night.

“We used to have people coming in from Ingoldmells, Chapel, Burgh and further to enjoy the club nights but now they can’t get in because there’s no bus.

“Members even used to come from Lincoln but now even that service is earlier.

“The bus cuts have definitely affected trade and it would be a shame for people to lose jobs, but we just don’t have enough people coming down,” said Fred Hoyles, club secretary.

As reported, a winter timetable was introduced on October 30 which meant many local services were significantly reduced or stopped.

Services running between Skegness and Mablethorpe on a Sunday stopped, and the last bus between Skegness and Chapel St Leonards went at 7.15pm during the week.

Lincolnshire County Council cut funding subsidies which help the winter services run which Stagecoach can’t run without.

“Nights used to be really busy and there has already been a reduction in staff. We have five staff working on Saturday and at least one role could be lost.

“It’s also a shame that we were back on track from the fire from the Lucky Strike and Parade complex in 2006. We opened up about 15 months after after the club was ruined in that fire,” added Fred.

The Ex-Servicemen’s Club was ruined by smoke and water damage from the fire and the members relied on the kind hospitality of The Liberal Club, the Railroad Club, and the Workingmen’s Club in Skegness while they waited for the club to be repaired and refurbished.

In November last year, town councillors proposed holding a public meeting to discuss the bus cuts but currently the council is gathering information so that the working group can identify the options.

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