People are being asked to have their say in a major consultation which will help to determine how £20M is invested in Skegness over the next ten years.  

In 2023, Skegness was awarded £20M in Long Term Plan for Towns Funding by the government, and a key characteristic of the new fund is that it places local people at the heart of its success.

Now, people who live, visit, and work in Skegness are being asked to share their thoughts, aspirations, and ideas for the town to inform how the multi-million-pound funding will be spent.

Central to the consultation are the themes of safety and security; high streets, heritage, and regeneration, and transport and connectivity which are the cornerstones of the funding.

The feedback from the public will help to develop a 3-year investment plan and a 10-year outline plan for the funding in Skegness, and there are a number of ways in which people can have their say:

  • A survey, which can be completed and returned to Freepost, will shortly be sent to every resident in Skegness;
  • People can also have their say in an online survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Skegnessideassurvey 
  • Hard copies of the survey can be requested and completed from the Embassy Theatre Foyer, Tower Gardens Pavilion, Skegness Library
  • In addition, feedback boards where people can share ideas around the themes of the funding can be found in the Aura Business Centre, Embassy Theatre Foyer, Tower Gardens Pavilion, Skegness Library, TEC Skegness, Skegness Masonic Centre and Hildreds Shopping Centre.
  • People can also add their ideas around the themes to the feedback form here: Long Term Plan for Towns – Connected Coast
  • Events are set to be held where people can have their say, and details of these will be made available in the coming weeks (Long Term Plan for Towns – Connected Coast)
  • The views of young people are encouraged, and an engagement pack has been prepared for schools, which can be downloaded here: Long Term Plan for Towns – Connected Coast
  • Finally, postcards and posters are being distributed across the town to signpost people how they can get involved in this significant consultation for Skegness.

Connected Coast Town Deal oversees the Long Term Plan for Towns funding, which was established to administer the £24.5M Towns Fund awarded to the town in 2021.

This funding represents another huge opportunity for us to bring improvements to Skegness, and it builds on the multi-million funding which is already benefiting the town through the Towns Fund, Levelling Up, and UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

What is key about this new strand of funding is that there is such as significant onus on community engagement – we need the public to tell us what they think and the community voice will play a crucial role in shaping the three year investment plan and ten year outline plan for the town.

There are a number of ways for people to get involved, and we want to hear from as many people as possible. Please do have your say today, and help to shape Skegness’ future.

Paul McCooey Chair of the Skegness sub-group of Connected Coast and Chair of Skegness Area Business Chamber

Long Term Plan for Towns provides another great opportunity to bring investment and new opportunities in Skegness, just like what is being achieved through the Town Deal.

At the heart of it all is the people who live, work and visit Skegness. Your ideas, views and suggestions are vital for shaping the future of the investment plan. Please do take a time to have your say by taking part in the survey online, by post or sharing your feedback on the Long Term Plan for Towns feedback boards which will soon be popping up.

This is your opportunity to tell us what you want - your wishes and desires for Skegness. By working together collaboratively, we can all help shape the future of this fantastic town.

Cllr Steve KirkPortfolio Holder for the Coastal Economy at East Lindsey District Council

The £24.5milliion Towns Fund was a great start to levelling up our area and has seen delivery of projects like the new Skegness Technical College and Police Training Centre. The Long Term Plan for Towns builds on this strong foundation to embed guaranteed continued funding to allow delivery of ambitious longer term projects. I encourage residents to have their say on how this money is spent in our area and look forward to delivering on their priorities.

Matt WarmanMP for Boston and Skegness

The closing date for all feedback is 10th June. Anyone wishing to know more can get in touch connected.coast@e-lindsey.gov.uk.