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Firefighters are tackling a large blaze at a disused warehouse in Skegness. People are advised to avoid the area due to smoke.


Several bids received for Pier Field in Skegness

East Lindsey District Council says it has received several bids for the Pier Field site in Skegness.

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In March, the District Council agreed to list the site as an Asset of Community Value following a request from the Save Our Foreshore Group.

The Group subsequently expressed an interest in acquiring the site, which triggered a six-month freeze, preventing the Council from selling Pier Field to anyone else.

This six month period was to allow the Save Our Foreshore Group, and others with an interest in the site, the opportunity to work up and submit a bid as part of an open and independent marketing exercise, overseen by Estate Agent, Hodgson Elkington.

In the next few weeks, the Council will evaluate the bids received before bringing a report to the Executive Board for consideration.

Work starts on new £1m Gibraltar Point visitor centre

A spectacular new £1m visitor centre at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve will begin to take shape over the coming months.

Artist's impression of new Gibraltar Point visitor centre

Work has started on the brand new building, which will include a café and educational information.

It replaces the former visitor centre, which suffered extensive flood damage during the storm surge in December 2013. The new building will be raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding.

"This is an opportunity to make Gibraltar Point even more attractive to visitors - an opportunity we intend to take full advantage of.

"The new visitor centre has been designed to make the most of the reserve's stunning views, with expansive windows facing the dunes and sea, and a rooftop viewing deck.

"Combined with the new North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards, this improved attraction will help extend the traditional tourist season on the coast, providing a significant boost to the local economy."

– Cllr Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development. Lincolnshire County Council

The council has developed the ambitious plans in partnership with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, who will continue to run the site.

"We have worked with the county council at Gibraltar Point for over 65 years, and look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.

"Gibraltar Point has been popular for generations - the new centre will hopefully encourage more visitors to discover this wonderful reserve."

– Paul Learoyd, Chief Executive, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust


Search for dog owner after 4-year-old attacked on Skegness beach

The woman that Skegness Police want to speak to Credit: Lincolnshire Police

A four-year-old girl has been injured after being attacked by a dog on a beach.

The girl was bitten "a number of times" by a Jack Russell-type dog in Skegness on Saturday afternoon, Lincolnshire Police said.

The owner allegedly refused to give her details to the girl's parents after the incident off Grand Parade.

Police have now released a picture of a woman who is believed to be the woman's owner in bid to track her down.

The dog was apparently sitting under the owner's chair on the beach and was not on a lead.

Officers are treating the incident as an offence of having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place.

If you are the woman in the photograph, or you know her identity, please contact PC Nick Elmer at Skegness Police Station by calling 101.

Police are taking this opportunity to remind dog owners that dogs must be kept on a lead on the beach and that it is the owner's responsibility to ensure that their pets are kept under control at all times.

– Lincolnshire Police

Appeal to missing teenager to get in touch

Police are appealing to a Skegness teenager to make contact and let someone know he is safe and well. 16 year-old Ryan Swallow was last seen leaving his home in Lincoln Road area around 1pm on Tuesday.

Ryan is 5' 9" tall, of medium build, with short blonde/brown hair. He was wearing dark blue tracksuit bottoms, a T shirt, and Nike trainers. He may be wearing glasses. Officers searching for Ryan are appealing to him to contact his family and let them know he is fine.

Father calls for improved safety measures after six-year-old seriously injured on fairground ride

The father of a six-year-old boy severely injured in a fairground ride accident says not enough has been done to improve safety standards.

Thomas Russon, from Beighton, near Doncaster, suffered extreme burns after falling from a carriage on a ghost train ride and being dragged along the tracks at Skegness Pleasure Beach on July 20. His dad David says there should be greater restrictions on the height and age of youngsters allowed onto certain rides, unless they're accompanied by an adult.

Calendar has contacted the pleasure beach for a comment but they have been unavailable. However we understand the owners have been asked to install cctv cameras on the ride.

Skegness summer trade up, despite poor weather

Tourism bosses and hoteliers in Skegness say they have seen an increase in trade so far this summer despite the lack of traditional good weather.

A family enjoy the beach at Skegness Credit: Press Association

Those in the industry think it comes as a result of more people chosing to holiday in the UK, when compared to 2014's figures.

Butlin's say trade is up on last year as they welcomes 500,000 people through their doors, year on year.

Bill Hutchinson, Manager of the Best Western North Shore hotel and Golf Course who speaks on behalf of the Hoteliers Association says they have also seen increased trade this summer.

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