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Locals tip £7.2m Cleethorpes regeneration to ‘transform’ resort as plans are showcased

Residents and business owners in Cleethorpes have tipped a massive Victorian resort restoration costing £7.2 million to "transform" the resort.

Locals tip £7.2m Cleethorpes regeneration to ‘transform’ resort as plans are showcased

The council's ambitious and colourful vision for how Cleethorpes will look by June 2020 has been showcased to the public, as Engie designers and officials look to engage with the public on how the people of Cleethorpes feel about the scheme.

The Discover Cleethorpes Heritage Townscape Heritage programme, as it is called, involves the partial pedestrianisation of Sea View Street and restoration of show of the town's Victorian heritage and buildings.

And as North East Lincolnshire Council looks set to use a stack of lottery funding and external grants to enhance the historic character of the town, members of the public intrigued by the proposals have praised an influx of "positive investment".

The vast project will be funded by a £1.9 million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant, awarded to NELC for the regeneration of Cleethorpes, as well as £1 million of council cash, £3.8 million from the Coastal Communities Fund, and an additional £500,000 for the creation of a cycle hub at Cleethorpes station.

A series of artist's impressions have been released to paint a picture for residents of how the streets along Cleethorpes seafront, town centre and shopping district will be upgraded.

An artist's impression of how Alexandra Road, in Cleethorpes will look when the work is completed

The grand plan to transform Cleethorpes was put on show for the public for the first time on Friday, giving people the chance to get up close to the types of materials designers will look to use when upgrading the infrastructure around the resort.

Armed forces champion for North East Lincolnshire, Alex Baxter, paid a visit to the library to see the plans in more details.

A public event was held at Cleethorpes Library showcasing new plans for the regeneration of Cleethorpes. Alex Baxter takes a look at the plans (Image: Jon Corken)

He said: "It's a very exciting project. Regeneration always attracts inward investment and is well deserved in the borough.

"It will totally transform the resort and it's great to see the council hit the right notes ro deliver a regeneration project.

"The attention to detail is incredibly important."

Stretching from Isaacs Hill, along High Street and Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes Promenade and Sea View Street, the work will get underway in June next year and be carried out in seven defined phases.

An artist's impression of how Cleethorpes Promenade will look when the work is complete

It will also include a climbing wall and outside gym known as the 'North Promenade Fitness Zone'.

Alexandra Road business owner, Brian Jones, who runs the Cleethorpes Collectibles shop, hopes that the cash injection will result in a boost in shoppers to the area.

He said: "I think it's a fantastic idea. An investment is positive because the area needs innovation.

"I hope it is money well spent and hope it means more business for me."

One central element is the pedestrianisation of the east end of Sea View Street creating a paved avenue lined with independent shops.

Sea View Street will be partially pedestrianised

The majority of these funds will be available as grants to building owners in the area to repair and reinstate original features.

Cleethorpes man, Ian Brocklebank, 56, who was part of the Big Local North Cleethorpes team involved in securing some of the grant funding, said: "It's ambitious and has some very interesting elements.

"It is all positive so long as it doesn't alter the character that the resort already has.

"Overall, any form of investment has to be positive. It is bound to make Cleethorpes more appealing as a destination."

An example of the types of lighting that will be installed along Cleethorpes Promenade

Property owners and tenants within the designated development area will be eligible to apply for the grant funding to enhance features like balconies, shop fronts windows and doors.

The council has also outlined its ambition to introduce "thought-provoking public artworks that stimulate interest and create intrigue" along the seafront.

This is a move which could turn Cleethorpes into an "all-round visitor destination", according to a group of encouraged local artist who went along to view the plans.

Grimsby artist, Nicky Dillerstone, said: "It would be amazing for tourism. Anthony Gormley's artwork was installed in Crosby, which is a bit like here, and it completely turned around its cultural landscape.

A public event was held at Cleethorpes Library showcasing new plans for the regeneration of Cleethorpes. Artists, from left, Elaine Munson, Linda Ingham, Nicky Dillerstone, and Lynsey Powles(Image: Jon Corken)

"It makes people want to visit in all seasons and would be a great way to extend the tourism season.

"It's about time money was spent. It shows confidence in the area."

The proposed works schedule is provisional at this stage and certain aspects of the huge plan are still subject to public consultation.

The public art programme along the promenade and the partial pedestrianisation of Sea View Street will be carried out in consultation with the public.

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