On the fouth anniversary of the fire which destroyed part of the Skegness seafront in August 2007, East Lindsey District Council announced it is “actively considering compulsory purchase powers” to bring the seafront back into use.
Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Craig Leyland, said time has come for something to be done: “This ongoing saga needs a conclusion for the benefit of Skegness. We granted planning permission for the vacant site to be redeveloped and if work doesn’t begin we will consider CPO proceedings. As the site stands currently, it is no use to anyone. We need new businesses and jobs in Skegness and this site can help deliver that.”
The site, which is owned by the Bola Family of Skegness, has not been developed and has left a ‘black hole’ on the most prominent part of the seafront since the fire.