This article was published on September 10, 2015 and information contained within may now be out of date.
East Lindsey District Council have confirmed that a number of bids have been received for the Pier Field site in Skegness after the marketing exercise drew to a close.
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.
The Council has stated that the number of bids received, the bidders and the proposals are all commercially confidential at this time and cannot be released.
Portfolio Holder for Coastal Economy, Councillor Steve Kirk, said: “The open marketing exercise was an opportunity for anyone with an interest in Pier Field to put forward a bid. If the Council is to bring more investment into Skegness in the future and create more employment, it is important it demonstrates to investors that Skegness is open for business and that any opportunity for this will be properly and fairly considered.”
In the coming weeks the Council will evaluate the bids received before a report is considered by the Council’s Executive Board.
The Council stressed that although the site has been marketed, it doesn’t necessarily mean the site will be sold. If there is a recommendation to sell the site once the bids have been evaluated this would be a decision for the Full Council to decide upon.
More information can be found about Pier Field at e-lindsey.gov.uk/pierfield.