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Contentious land listed as community asset by council

A piece of land that has been at the centre of a debate on Skegness seafront has now been listed as an asset of community value by East Lindsey District Council.

The land has been listed as an "asset of community value"

The council has also put Pier Field on to the open market meaning campaigners now have six weeks to express their interest in acquiring it.

They would then have six months to submit a bid to purchase the site.

Developers who wanted to build a Major hotel chain on the land would also be able to bid though as part of the process.

Council blocks controversial Skegness hotel development

Controversial plans to build a hotel on Skegness seafront have tonight been blocked by East Lindsey Council.

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Developers wanted to buy the Pier Field site to build an 80-bedroom Premier Inn and fast food restaurant.

But campaigners wanted it to be registered as a so-called "community asset".

This evening the council decided not to sell the site to KCS Developments, but have instead opened it up for sale to other groups.

They now have six months to put in bids before the council reconsiders its decision.

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Five arrested following Skegness attempted murder

Five men in Skegness have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police were called to an address on South Parade in the town at around 4:30pm on Saturday where they found two injured men, aged 18 and 23.

Both were taken to hospital where one was later discharged, but the other is in a critical condition.

The five men were arrested after a silver Ford Focus, believed to have been connected with the attempted murder was stopped on the A16 at Ulceby Cross.

The Senior Investigating Officer DCI David Rimmer said:

This was a brutal attack for which the motives are currently unclear. Although we have arrested suspects I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed anything that may be connected to this incident either on South Parade, Skegness or on the A16 yesterday in the late afternoon.

– DCI David Rimmer

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Campaigners propose venue alternative to Skegness hotel

Campaigners who are fighting plans for a hotel development on Skegness seafront have now come up with an idea for a concert -style venue on the land.

Campaigners propose alternative to hotel development Credit: Artist's impression

A decision over whether to sell Pier Field to KCS Developments is expected to be made by East Lindsey District Council on Monday.

But campaigners say if they are successful in securing Pier Field for community use, they could then seek permission to build a venue called 'The Shell' on the land instead.

The drawings give an insight into what the stage could look like.

Campaigners propose alternative to hotel development Credit: Artist's impression

Ryan Smith's first steps captured on family video

A teenager who was badly injured in a cycling accident has taken his first steps.

Ryan Smith from Skegness suffered a serious brain injury after the accident in July 2013. He was not wearing a cycling helmet. Since then his family has campaigned to make it compulsory for children to wear them.

This weekend, Ryan took his first steps, without the help of a frame to support him, progress the teenager says he is proud of.

'Save our Foreshore' campaigners deliver 5000 signature petition

Campaigners opposed to plans for a hotel and restaurant on a piece of land on the Skegness seafront have delivered a 5000 signature petition to the district council. The 'Save our Foreshore Group' and a group of mascots took the document to East Lindsey District Council this morning . A decision over whether to sell the land to KCS Developments will be made later this month. The campaigners are trying to register the land as an asset of community value.

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