The Prime Minister has today backed Matt Warman MP’s campaign to extend the tourist season in Skegness.
During Prime Minister’s Questions, Matt called for the Prime Minister’s support for his work with the Environment Agency, Local Enterprise Partnership and local councils to extend the season and help build a billion Pound coastal economy as quickly as possible. He also took the opportunity to highlight the excellent fish and chips which help bring over four million visitors to the Skegness area each year!
David Cameron backed Matt’s campaign, emphasising the Government’s Five Point Plan for tourism, which serves to encourage both British tourists and those from overseas to visit UK resorts.
After the session, Matt said “I am delighted that the Prime Minister agrees with me about the importance of work to double the value of the coastal economy over the coming years. Extending the season will certainly help towards this, and will allow more people to spend time in Skegness over the Christmas period especially. I look forward to continuing my work with local groups and bodies to achieve this aim.”
Matt’s question follows his ongoing work with Lincolnshire County Council, East Lindsey District Council, the Environment Agency and local businesses to extend the season in Skegness. Considering a longer season was an East Lindsey District Council Conservative manifesto commitment, and costal economic growth is central to Lincolnshire County Council’s future plans, so there is much political will behind the proposals. Businesses would also see the economic benefits of extending the season, which would provide a boost to the local economy and local jobs.
- Matt’s full question can be seen via the following link today: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2016-04-20/debates/Hocdebdt20160420scrlgtghs_8Questionod13tiengagements/Engagements
- The Government’s Five Point Plan for tourism can be found via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/446167/Tourism_-_A_Five_Point_Plan.pdf