Councillors criticism of trial coach parking plan

Embassy Centre
Embassy Centre

A trial scheme to introduce temporary coach parking on Skegness seafront has come under fire from town councillors.

Waiting areas are being designated for coaches on the east side of Grand Parade and North Parade throughout the summer from the first two weeks of July .

Coaches will be able to park for up to 15 minutes on two sections of the roadway, one close to the McDonalds restaurant and the other adjacent to Pier Field.

The move follows concerns over coaches using the bus bay outside the Embassy Centre.

Fears were raised that the section of the seafront was becoming a dangerous pinch point, particularly during the summer holiday season.

Councillors and campaigners met with highways officers from Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) to discuss the issue in November.

Following this, a working group was formed with representatives from Skegness Town Council, the police and county council officials to consider the issue.

The announcement of the trial parking initiative was greeted with scathing criticism at a meeting of Skegness Town Council last week.

Coun Mark Anderson told the meeting the proposal ‘was being forced down our throats’.

He said: “This is going to lead to more confusion. It is adding to the complete mishmash of vehicles parking on the seafront.

“There has not been a proper consultation , we as a council have not been involved and that is wrong.”

Coun David Cargill said allowing coaches to park on the seafront was harming traders further into the town centre.

He added: “The section of Lumley Road down from Lumley Avenue to the Clock Tower is often ram-jam full but from there to the top of the road it is free moving.

“This will just move the problem from one area to another.”

Coun Darrell Blackburn argued that coaches should be restricted to using the coach park on Richmond Drive.

He said: “Why is the county council proposing this when there is a perfectly good coach park on the edge of the town centre? In other places the coach parks are way out of town. We need to contact the county council to express our dismay and stop this happening.”

LCC projects and traffic manager Graeme Butler said: “Our intention is to implement this trial and to observe and monitor the situation over the summer. If successful a permanent arrangement can then be considered for the following season. Coach companies will be made aware of these changes and encouraged to make use of the coach park on Richmond Drive.”