In late 2017, areas of Skegness foreshore were awarded 'Registered Park and Garden Status' and the area is now classed as Grade II listed.
This important listing opens up the potential to attract grant funding to support schemes that can improve the appearance of the area.
We'll be working with design experts at Focus and Guy Taylor Associates, on a project to develop a detailed Design Manual for the foreshore. This will enable us to proactively pursue grant funding opportunities to make improvements to this important area of the resort.
The Manual will also identify improvements that can be made to lighting, street furniture, signage, colour schemes and pathways; as well as considering opportunities to improve layout for the benefit of traffic and pedestrians.
Portfolio Holder for the Coastal Economy, Councillor Steve Kirk, said: "This work is important and I'm pleased we've had positive responses from the stakeholders we've spoken to so far. I think it's fair to say that Skegness foreshore is looking tired and in need of significant 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."
Organisations involved in running Skegness as a successful seaside resort will be invited to have their input in the project.
Lincolnshire Coastal Destination Business Improvement District Manager, Lisa Collins, said: "This piece of work will provide a valuable evidence base and resource to enable us to properly identify issues affecting the foreshore and enable us to go forward to apply for appropriate funding to support the development of the foreshore. We acknowledge and recognise that there is much needed to be done to improve the aesthetics of the area, however, we must not lose sight of the potential too and in that respect the Grade II listed status for the foreshore should be deemed very positively. I'm looking forward to working together to take this forward for the long term benefit of Skegness."
Chairman of Skegness Chamber of Commerce, Tony Tye, said: "We are thankful for the opportunity to have an input on this important piece of work. We all know that the foreshore is in need of a revamp and know that this could have huge benefits and will hopefully see visitor numbers continue to grow year on year. We have seen considerable private investment over the last few years and want to see that carry on over the coming years."
Skegness Town Clerk, Steve Larner, said: "Skegness Town Council welcomes the opportunity to work with partners on plans to improve the foreshore and Tower Gardens. It is very important that key organisations bring together knowledge and resources to shape the future of the town. The Design Manual together with the Neighbourhood Development Plan which the Town Council is developing, will show we have a shared vision for Skegness, are working together to make it a reality and this in turn will assist all parties in bidding for funding to deliver their projects."
The handy interactive panorama below provides a snapshot of some key sites across the foreshore.