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Cleethorpes celebrates £7.2million of improvements, events and investment

There were celebrations at the Cleethorpes Discovery Centre as major plans for £7.2 million of investment, events and improvement works in the resort were officially showcased.

Cleethorpes celebrates £7.2million of improvements, events and investment

North East Lincolnshire Council and CoastNEL displayed their plans to make improvements to the environment, town centre streets and historic buildings.

There were also funding announcements for new events including a once in a lifetime air show for Cleethorpes this summer and a special marine sports events.

Fire dancers welcomed visitors to The Discovery Centre which was packed with members of the public, local business owners and councillors, to hear about the plans to transform the resort.

The £7.2m funding for the projects comes from a range of sources and has all been earmarked specifically to make "Cleethorpes a better place to live and work for us now and for our future generations".

A special promotional video created by a number of year 3 students at the Grimsby Institute promoting '#LoveCleethorpes' was also unveiled to highlight the town.

The investment will see work carried out enhancing the historic building facades along Alexandra Road, improvements being made to the High Street, Sea View Street and the main welcoming points around the train station, plus the creation of a new cycle hub.

Money will also be set aside for events in the town, with grants being announced to the Armed Forces Major Events Team to put on a special air show to mark the 100th anniversary of the RAFin its "spiritual home" and funding for Ebb & Flo to stage a paddleboarding event to promote their "endless summer".

Alex Baxter and Gavin Marshall of the Armed Forces Major Events Team welcomed the air show announcement, having received confirmation just ahead of the event.

Alex said: "I am absolutely shocked, we had no idea this was coming until now.

"This is brilliant news, and will help us in correctly honouring the sacrifices, dedication and commitment of all of those who have served their country for the RAF in its spiritual home of Lincolnshire."

Gavin added that they expect this to be an "unmissable show", with aircraft that many will never have seen before in the sky's over Cleethorpes, but all will have served for a time in the RAF.

Vince Weavers, who runs Ebb & Flo alongside his wife Toni, was "stunned" by the announcement of his grant.

He said: "I really can't believe that we have just been awarded the money.

"We are going to be using it for an event on June 2, to promote our 'Endless Summer' where we are going to really try and promote marine sports to families and show how easy and fun it can be.

"We have primarily focused on paddleboarding, but come April we will be introducing kayaking for people to hire as we have notice a real big demand for it from our customers."

CoastNEL, a local partnership between the council, businesses, arts, heritage and tourism groups, has been awarded £3.8million from the Coastal Communities Fund while £1.9million has been awarded to Cleethorpes, through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This funding will be complimented by £1m from the council and £500,000 from investment through the National Stations Improvement Programme, the Railway Heritage Trust Fund.

Councillor Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for tourism at North East Lincolnshire Council, was keen to stress the authority's commitment to investing into Cleethorpes, believing that this work will help to further enhance the resort's reputation as the "most beautiful place in the UK outside of London - according to Instagram".

He said: “Exciting times are ahead for North East Lincolnshire and no more so than for Cleethorpes, which is the ‘jewel in the crown’ in terms of our local tourism offer.

“The resort’s potential is significant and things are moving in the right direction. Visitor numbers to North East Lincolnshire have topped 10m a year for the first time ever. The economic impact of tourism in North East Lincolnshire has seen a significant increase – up by more than £23m over the previous year to a record high of £560m.

“Tourism is a hugely important sector for us. With the work we’re doing in partnership with businesses and community groups and the major funding boosts announced last year, we’re doing all we can to make sure this trend carries on.

“However, we recognise that we still have work to do in terms of extending the season, and creating more year-round tourism opportunities and this is something we’re working on as part of these projects.”

Chair of CoastNEL, Lawrence Brown, has played a huge part in securing this funding for the resort, and was immensely proud to showcase the plans for the future of Cleethorpes.

Believing that this work will generate a prosperous environment to live and work for future generations, hopefully becoming a stimulant for further improvements into the resort.

He said: "This is simply just a good news story for Cleethorpes, it is just tremendous.

"This £7.2m will allow us to create a better environment for us to live and work, and for our children and future generations.

"The Coastal Communities Funding is a unique opportunity to help us grow the quality of life offer for our investors, existing businesses and residents as well as our tourists.

"We want to use this award to build on the wave of confidence in Cleethorpes and the existing planned development as well as getting the public and businesses engaged in supporting the regeneration of the area.”

News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com

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