£7.2m programme of works to boost Cleethorpes tourism offer

A £7.2 million programme of works in Cleethorpes has been showcased at a launch event.

Changes to the resort in terms of improvements to the environment, work to the town centre streets, enhancements to historic buildings and new events for the area were outlined by the council at an event at the Discovery Centre on Wednesday, March 21.

The funding has come from a range of sources. It was announced earlier this year that CoastNEL, a local partnership between the council, businesses, arts, heritage and tourism groups, had been awarded £3.8 million from the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF).

The CCF will cover a wide range of projects to enhance the resort and its programme of events on offer, including:

  • £3.3 million is earmarked to be spent improving the public realm and introducing public art at key arrival sites, the promenades and in the historic town centre streets. This work will build on the £ 2.77million Townscape Heritage programme
  • £332,000 will be put towards marketing and events to bring new visitors to the area and help to extend the traditional tourist season
  • Plans to transform a beach-front kiosk into an eye-catching entertainment venue

This is complemented by a further £500,000 investment through the National Stations Improvement Programme (Network Rail), the Railway Heritage Trust Fund and the council to create a new cycle hub at Cleethorpes train station.

More recently it was announced £1.9 million has been awarded to Cleethorpes, through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), with an additional £1 million contribution from the council put towards the Townscape Heritage programme.

This funding will be used to conserve and enhance historic buildings in areas of Cleethorpes with grants of up to 80% available to property owners and tenants. The programme will also see improvements to the surrounding public realm on Alexandra Road and Sea View Street.

Councillor Matt Patrick, portfolio holder for tourism, 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.”

Work is due to start on the ground in September this year.

Video by: Estuary Student TV/ Jacob White, Lewis Howard, Sam Sharp, Jai Thomas and James Hancock