By summer 2020, Cleethorpes town centre be completely transformed with £7.2 million worth of grant funding.
With new street furniture, atmospheric lighting, revamped Victorian balconies and street lamps, modern granite pavements and a pedestrianised Sea View Street, the transformation of the popular Cleethorpes street has been unveiled to start in 2018.
North East Lincolnshire Council has set out how it wants to use lottery funding and external grants to enhance the historic character of the town and return it to being a top UK holiday resort with plans for a climbing wall and outdoor gym known at the ‘North Promenade Fitness Zone’.
For works to be completed – drivers face having to battle roadworks as the council plans on installing a series of temporary traffic lights, one-way systems and diversions throughout Cleethorpes. There were celebrations in September when NELC was awarded a huge £1.9 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the regeneration of Cleethorpes, which meant that the final piece in the funding jigsaw was put into place.
One central element of the project is the pedestrianisation of the east end of Sea View Street creating a paved avenue lined with independent shops. By blending existing historic Victorian features with new bespoke and modern installations, the council wants to make Cleethorpes a place for people to live, work, visit and invest.
Cleethorpes Pier will also benefit during these works, and its £5 million revamp will finally be completed with the installation of a new entrance gate. It will focus on conserving and enhancing historic buildings and improving the public realm on Alexandra Road and Sea View Street to build on the town’s character.
The programme will also offer local people opportunities to learn new skills and become better informed about the historic environment through a series of heritage themed events and skills classes. The proposed works schedule is provisional at this stage and certain aspects of the huge plan are still subject to public consultation.
Finer details of the plan include carriageway resurfacing, the introduction of additional pedestrian crossing points and upgrading roadside kerbs and paving slabs throughout Cleethorpes.