An economic development company and an architects’ firm have been appointed to draw up ideas to improve the foreshore at Skegness.
The Lincolnshire seaside resort’s foreshore is now classed as Grade II-listed and East Lindsey District Council has partnered with the two companies to help realise the masterplan it announced back in February.
The seafront zone has huge importance to Skegness’s visitor economy, as it plays home to the resort’s pier, the Botton’s Pleasure Beach amusement park and many of the resort’s amusement arcades.
Councillor Steve Kirk, East Lindsey District Council portfolio holder for the coastal economy, said: “I think it’s fair to say that Skegness foreshore is in need of investment.
“By undertaking this work now, the council is positioning the resort to be able to make funding applications when grant schemes open.”
“We all know Skegness is one of the UK’s leading resorts, with visitor numbers to the area increasing year on year. We must ensure that continues.”
Paul Stanton, director of architects Guy Taylor Associates, added: “We are taking into account all the existing natural and built heritage in the area,as well as how people use the area – for recreation, shopping and traditional seaside activities, such as donkey rides – as well as consider- ing practical elements like seating and cycle parks.
“We hope that the refreshed masterplan and new design manual will ensure that the resort continues to offer a memorable experience, as well as being accessible to everyone long into the future.”