An ‘extremely busy weekend’ in Skegness was dampened by major road traffic in the town, with the council run pier car park being at the epicentre of congestion.
Tourism and hospitality bosses criticised the council for not opening the car park up to more visitors, implying that it could threaten the seaside resort’s booming seasonal economy.
Russell Sparkes, general manager of the Grosvenor House Hotel, posted on Facebook: “We have just sat and watched over 100 cars go into the pier car park and come back out because they haven’t opened the barriers to park on the grass.”
Addressing East Lindsey District Council who run the car parks he said that people “have businesses to run and need customers to pay your rates and your wages.”
The importance of traffic management for seaside resorts cannot be overstated, as heavy traffic can not only ruin the economy from one weekend, but also put tourists off revisiting in the longterm future.
Carolyn Wilkinson, director at Skegness Pier, also expressed her disappointment that the town’s “roads were gridlocked for a lot of the afternoon.”
The problems of last weekend and the car park situation were discussed on Tuesday in a meeting of Skegness and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce.