A trial period granting Police Community Support Officers with the power to ticket illegally parked vehicles in Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards and Hogsthorpe since May. Problems encountered by the local neighbourhood policing team were evident when Lincolnshire Police chief, Tony Lake, visited Ingoldmells. Prior to the trial, requests were often ignored when dealing with illegally parked cars.
The trial is the first of its kind in the Lincolnshire area and has already resulted in 15 tickets being issued. PC Seb Clarke leads the local policing team stated; "We're just coming into the busy season now. We're expecting increased traffic in the area, which is likely to result in a rise in the number of tickets being issued over the coming two months. It's important to stress that the new powers to allow my officers to issue fixed penalty tickets doesn't mean they are being used as traffic wardens. What it does is give them additional support should they come across illegally parked vehicles during their day-to-day business."
The Ingoldmells Action Group and Ingoldmells Parish Council, both campaigned for the powers to be introduced. “Although the trial period is due to finish at the end of the holiday season in late September, early October, I am keen to make the arrangement permanent" commented Inspector Steve Hill.
Here at Island Quest, we recommend the use of local car parks. The main car park at Fantasy Island costs £4 and is free after 6pm. Others in the nearby area can cut the cost by half and are only a short 5 minute walk from Fantasy Island and other attractions. Alternatively, use public transport whilst travelling in and around the area.
If plans go ahead to build new rides or attractions on Fantasy Island's car park, the number of parking spaces in the area would dramatically decrease. This would leave tourists with few other places to park their cars. The lack of parking spaces could also affect the success of the future plans.
Recent letters that appeared recently in The Skegness Standard highlight residents concerns over Fantasy Island. Opinions like this are not uncommon in local press, but these in particular refer to Conduit Leisure, and their strategy for their latest acquisition, Fantasy Island.
“As a local person who lives very near Fantasy Island, I was willing to hear what Conduit had planned and give them every chance, but I do not respond well to threats and bully boy tactics. I feel Conduit have shot themselves in the foot, and that they should put their own house in order. The music and tannoy coming from some of the rides is once again reaching horrendous proportions at the weekends.” Ann Wells, Ingoldmells
In reference to the remarks of Mr. Hollins of Conduit, myself and many more of the residents of Ingoldmells would be very pleased if they (Conduit) did walk and take Fantasy Island, and all the rubbish, noise and pollution with them and let us have some peace and quiet. And the sooner the better.” Mr A Hopkins, Ingoldmells “Have they thought that if given the chance by Lincolnshire County Council and East Lindsey District Council that some of the plans that Conduit have in mind could be really beneficial to the village of Ingoldmells? For instance, all year round jobs, indoor venues for our young people, like skating and football, and several other things they can take part in.
Conferences which would bring money to the village, and good accommodation for holiday makers. I do believe I have heard a similar comment before that the lady stated in her letter, "I was willing to hear what John Woodward had planned and gave him every chance", it was made by the same lady. There is a bigger majority of residents and holidaymakers who would disagree with the gentlemen's comments. Give them a chance.”
Bernard Wise, Ingoldmells Residents concerns in relation to the negative effects of living near an amusement park are clearly evident, particularly as Fantasy Island is located in the small, coastal, village of Ingoldmells. Inevitably, amusement parks of this nature have both positive and negative effects in the surrounding environment. The park attracts a huge number of tourists to the area each year, boosting the economy in the area considerably. Conduit Leisure may have big plans for the park, but the park’s success rests on the complicated task of pleasing not only their guests but also the local residents.
As new owners of Fantasy Island, Conduit Leisure, commemorated the beginning of the parks thirteenth season earlier this year. Now, relive the magic and wonder of the fireworks that graced the skies above Ingoldmells on the evening of April 7 , with two selected YouTube videos.
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After being closed since September of last year, Absolutely Insane reopened on Friday June 22nd. The 240ft high sky sling had been subject to ongoing maintenance as the cables were being replaced. In May, we reported that two deliveries of the wrong parts for the control panel had occurred from the ride manufacturer S&S; prolonging the length of time that the ride remained closed. Remaining closed during late May, one of the busiest times of year for any park, the cables were beginning to be replaced. Absolutely Insane was seen being tested on June 20th, reopening a few days later.
The amount of downtime is likely to have had a negative effect on the park financially. This is something that the new owners are likely to take into consideration in regards to their future plans for the amusement park.