A SLICE of the American way of life comes to Skegness tomorrow (Saturday) when the Baltimore Diner opens its doors — as Town Councillors continue to smart over what they call “an appalling lack of consultation.”
Work costing £250,000 is all but finished at the Tower Gardens restaurant which opens at 11am tomorrow to offer a host of traditional American char-grilled steaks, ribs, chillies, Mexican dishes, tacos, and chicken as well as a wide range of beers, lager and cocktails.
But on Monday night, Skegness Town Councillors were still hoping that a spanner could be thrown into the Diner’s works. At their Planning Committee meeting, Coun Mrs Sheila Mackenzie said: “Most of us have been told by residents of Skegness that they do not like the idea and they do not want it.”
After recording their second unanimous condemnation of the project, Coun Mrs Theresa Walker added: “The total lack of consultation is absolutely appalling. A major development is taking place in our town and they take little or no notice of us.”
But committee chairman Coun Frank Grunnill pointed out that the developers were able to start building and there was nothing the council could do about it. Skegness resident Mr David Briggs has also aired his concern about part of Tower Gardens being used as a car park in the form of a petition which he was due to take to District Council headquarters in Manby yesterday. “I’m extremely worried about this. I have collected over 130 names including those of 14 teachers and two rectors.”
Despite local objections, work on the Diner began just six weeks ago, and it has been decked out in true USA style.
Photo: Getting their skates on, waitresses at the newly opened Baltimore Diner In Tower Gardens, Skegness, Kay Ellis and Danielle Nall, wheeled their way around the authentic American diner to serve drinks and food on Bank Holiday Monday.
But on Monday night, Skegness Town Councillors were still hoping that a spanner could be thrown into the Diner’s works.At their Planning Committee meeting, Coun Mrs Sheila Mackenzie said: “Most of us have been told by residents of Skegness that they do not like the idea and they do not want it.”