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Abandoned crazy golf site to become hotel and cafe after being sold for £1 - Skegness residents have mixed reactions

News that an abandoned crazy golf course is to be transformed into a hotel and cafe - after it was agreed to sell the plot off for just £1 - has brought a mixed reaction from residents.

The land on South Parade, Skegness, is valued at around £280,000.

However, East Lindsey District Council has agreed to sell at a cut price to the Burney Property Group.

The former crazy golf plot was sold for £1
The former crazy golf plot was sold for £1

The site will become a Travelodge and Starbucks drive-thru.

“The Travelodge hotel will provide 80-beds over six storeys, with a publicly accessible bar/restaurant proposed that will provide panoramic views of the beach and coastline,” a statement by the Burney Group read.

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“Alongside the hotel, a drive-thru Starbucks is proposed that will provide indoor and outdoor seating for customers.

An artist's impression of how the Travelodge will look
An artist's impression of how the Travelodge will look

”This is an exciting project that represents significant investment to the Skegness area.”

Local Democracy reporter James Turner headed to Skegness to ask the public what they thought.

One resident named Jill said she would prefer the land to be used for local businesses instead of large chains.

A Starbucks drive-thru will be on site
A Starbucks drive-thru will be on site

“It needs more local businesses. I think a big outfit here is not the answer,” she said.

“We certainly don’t need any more big enterprises - a nice local cafe would be very nice.

“If it’s going to be a drive-thru there’s going to be traffic again.”

However, other residents were in favour of the plans.

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“Won’t it be lovely, to build the place up and bring in more money to Skegness itself,” said Shirley.

Resident Ross added: “It needs something doing to it, if we can get a Starbucks great.

“(Nearby) McDonald’s is always packed solid, you can’t get in there for anything. Starbucks in a place like this - brilliant.”

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