Work to begin on coastal regeneration projects in Lincolnshire

Works are underway on two major coastal regeneration projects on the East Lindsey Coast.

Following government funding under the Town Deal Programme last August, the works will see the pedestrianisation of Skegness’ Tower Esplanade and the demolition of Sutton on Sea’s Collonnade ready for a replacement structure to be built.

The projects were announced last August after the government awarded the Mablethorpe Town Deal Area and the Skegness Town Deal Area £500,000 and £750,000 accelerated funding through the Towns Fund programme.

Artist’s Impression of the Sutton on Sea Colonnade Redevelopment.

The funding will allow the 1950’s Colonnade in Sutton on Sea, which has a number of structural issues, to be removed; further works will also be undertaken to ensure that the area is ready for redevelopment which will see a replacement structure built.

The plans for replacement include a café, restaurant, day let beach huts, and gallery space.

In Skegness, works to part-pedestrianise Tower Esplanade are now underway.

Pedestrianisation of the street is a project that was first identified within the District Council’s Foreshore Masterplan; published in 2018.

In that time, the District Council have delivered a number of Masterplan projects, including £400,000 improvement works to Tower Esplanade which saw the installation of new street furniture and unique curved lighting structures.

‘Works in progress on Skegness’ Tower Esplanade’

The pedestrianisation will be the final phase of these improvements and help accelerate the development of the wider Foreshore area.

The project will also see traffic re-routing work done to direct vehicles along Princes & South Parade into the Festival Car Park.

Councillor Steve Kirk, Portfolio Holder for Coastal Economy, said: “It’s great to see these projects get underway.

“We’ve been looking at both these projects for a little while now and it’s fantastic to see real progress being made.”

“In Sutton on Sea we will be preparing the area for the transformative redevelopment, which we will hopefully attract further funding for through the Towns Fund bid, and in Skegness we are adding the finishing touches to the recent redevelopments we’ve undertaken on Tower Esplanade which once complete will provide a fantastic, modern welcome for our visitors.”

These projects form part of the first phase of works undertaken using funding made available to Mablethorpe and Skegness through the Towns Fund.

Further projects for both towns have also been identified in Town Investment Plans (TIPs), which serve as each area’s bid for up to £25m of funding.

These include a new modern Learning Campus in Skegness, a renovated leisure centre in Mablethorpe, and the replacement Colonnade Structure in Sutton on Sea.

After being signed off by the District Council and the Connected Coast Board in October last year, the plans were submitted to Government for consideration.