Skegness News Catch Up

Political Upheaval, Flood Warnings for Residents and Intrepid Explorers

This week in the news…

Mayor of Burgh-le-Marsh Resigns

Coun Dave Fenton (left) only lasted a few weeks in his position as Mayor of Burgh-Le-Marsh.

Mere weeks after taking up the mantle of Mayor of Burgh-le-Marsh, Coun Dave Fenton has resigned. In a statement to local newspaper, the Skegness Standard, he expressed his regret at not being able to continue working in his role, citing ‘an unpleasant episode’ as the reason for his departure.

Fenton is a business man living in semi-retirement, working in the internet marketing sector. His work in the community as a black belt karate instructor and exercise teacher helped him secure his position as Mayor just over a month ago, however it appears that there might have been some internal issues within the office that forced his early resignation.

After being reported to the councillor’s Monitoring Officer by an undisclosed individual, Mr. Fenton was forced to defend himself against a code of conduct investigation. No further action was taken after the investigation was completed, with the aid of the Lincolnshire Police, however the Mayor felt that his resignation was the best option for everyone concerned.

Environmental Agency Warns of Flooding

A photograph taken from the 1953 floodings that left 200 people homeless. Credit. Rod Collins (2013)

During Skegness’ 999 Day, residents of the town were warned that could be at great risk of flooding in the future. The Emergency Day was part of the Skegness Carnival programme of events that took place between 13th-18th August this year. For this day of the festivities, the public got the chance to meet teams from the emergency services, who put themselves at risk on a daily basis for the public good.

In addition to giving eager listeners a perspective into the kind of lives that these people live, these everyday heroes were giving invaluable advice on how to lead safer lives, so that they would not have to meet these members of the public again under more serious circumstances. One of these tips came from Michelle Scott, the Flood Resilience Officer for the Environment Agency, who urged the public to register for a free flood warning service.

She warned that because Skegness sits in a low-lying area it is at a high risk of flooding and, although weather forecasts are becoming more accurate, the warning system is in place to give residents a better chance of reacting to the risks to both themselves and their property when a flood is imminent. Those who would like to register their interest can call 07881 258406 or visit www.gov.uk/flood

Great Wall of China to Be Conquered By Skeggy Locals

Two local Skegness ladies are going to be trekking the Great Wall of China this October in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Elaine Blair, 39, and Martyne Silvester, 47, are friends from work. The intrepid ladies work together at the popular North Shore Holiday Centre and have taken it upon themselves to raise £6,000 for the UK-based charity.

The British Heart Foundation has been working for over 50 years to fund cutting edge research on the types of diseases that effect the most people in the country. Coronary Heart Disease is the number one killer in the UK, with 160,000 people dying from heart or circulatory related diseases every year. Both Elaine and Martyne have been effected by Heart Disease and have decided to raise awareness and funds for the charity by taking on this mammoth challenge.

If you’d like to sponsor the ladies on their trek of the Great Wall of China then you can donate to their Just Giving page right here.