Lincolnshire County Council has decided that Skegness Town Council should now come up with suitable ideas, following the controversy about proposals for an additional Jolly Fisherman statue at the railway station entrance.
The existing Jolly Fisherman statue inside the station – without his arms outstretched - is damaged and was unlikely to survive relocation. The pursuit of a new one outside to welcome people to the town marks the final stage of an extensive seaside-themed facelift of the transport interchange.
The work is being co-ordinated by Councillor Neil Cooper, county councillor for Wainfleet and Burgh, who said: "There has been a great deal of interest shown in the plans for a new Jolly Fisherman statue in the plaza outside the railway station.
"We were helping out with a new statue, as part of the overall revamp of the interchange. The initial designs mirrored the existing statue, but we've listened to what people have told us and arranged for Skegness Town Council, who own the copyright for the Jolly Fisherman, to come up with suitable ideas. The county council feel it's only fit and proper for the town council to come up with the design, materials and palette of colours for this iconic image of Skegness.
"Just to clear up any misunderstanding there was never any truth in the rumours that we were going to replace the main Jolly Fisherman on the foreshore."
Councillor Neil Cooper is also a member of Skegness Town Council.