Mablethorpe Town Manager optimistic despite predicting ‘a challenging year’

Mablethorpe Town Manager Karen Froggatt.
Mablethorpe Town Manager Karen Froggatt.

MABLETHORPE town manager Karen Froggatt believes the area can flourish in 2012 despite predicting a ‘challenging year’ for the local economy.

Speaking to the Leader, Karen also backed potential development and investment in Mablethorpe as positive.

“Winter months are always difficult for coastal towns but this year the expectation is that visitor numbers will increase and that the ‘staycation’ remains popular, with less people choosing to go abroad on holiday,” she explained.

“This year we have the added advantage of both the diamond jubilee and the Olympics both of which will give a boost to general tourism.

“I also hope that the weather treats us well because there’s nothing better than a trip to the seaside when the skies are blue and the sun is shining.”

Karen also moved to ease concerns over a number of empty shops within the town centre, confirming strong interest from businesses to fill them and also that activity could be expected in the coming months.

“Following the recent planning authority meeting, it seems likely that we should see something start to happen in 2012 with regards to a new supermarket in town and a new sports facility,” she said. “I know there are mixed views about this in Mablethorpe.

“My own opinion is that I would prefer to see some development and investment in Mablethorpe taking place, rather than no investment at all and that a Tesco and a new sports facility is positive.”

Karen has recently been named as the new vice chair of Mablethorpe in Bloom, and is keen to use her position to push forward the resort’s bid to win gold this year.

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