Traffic plan to aid safety at carnival

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ROAD closures will be put in place for two and half hours during the Skegness Carnival to aid the safety of the passing parade.

This year’s parade starts at approximately 2.30pm on Sunday August 14 and roads surrounding the procession route will be cordoned off simultaneously.

Kris Bell, of the Carnival Committee, said: “The Carnival Parade has been a major attraction for the tourists and people of Skegness for many years and we are proud of our ability to put on a fantastic event and maintain an impeccable safety record.

“In order to allow the procession to pass safely and to allow members of the public to enjoy and participate in the atmosphere of the day, road closures will be in effect and only when the route is completely sterile of traffic will the procession begin.”

Floats and attractions will make their way from Heath Road, up to Wainfleet Road through the centre of town along Lumley Road, then briefly down Drummond Road before cutting through Serena Road then onto South Parade then Grand Parade and finally North Parade before finishing at Sea View Car Park.

Councillors at the Skegness Area Committee held earlier this month, expressed initial concerns regarding the safety of the marshals manning the points.

They felt that the road closures could prove problematic when trying to stop vehicles getting round the town as marshals would have little power to stop them.

Kris added: “It is anticipated that the procession will last for approximately two and a half hours and although the closures will come into effect simultaneously, the roads will re-open once the procession has passed.

“Although the national policy for events such as this, is that they are considered a non-policing event, beat officers will be in attendance throughout the town as part of their normal duties.”

Places are still available for volunteering at the event which includes, working as a steward, marshal, or a charity tin collector.

Kris said: “The carnival attracts many visitors to the town each year and is brought about by the hard work and dedication of volunteers and helpers. We are always grateful for the donations we raise, but more importantly for the help given by volunteers.”

For details call 01754 761617.