Following a meeting between the council and local traders, changes are being proposed to the plans for a plaza at the top of Sea View Street in Cleethorpes, funded through the £3.8m Coastal Communities Fund.
Original plans would have seen the car park at the top of Sea View Street turned into a plaza area with seating for relaxation and also the possibility to use the area for small scale events. However, local traders were concerned that the loss of the car park might impact on the visitors to the street.
New plans have now been drawn up to incorporate that feedback, and retain the car park as well as additional changes, such as making the area and the paving more flush, to help make it easily convertible into a quality, multi-use events space, incorporating a built in power supply. It’s also proposed that the roundabout at the junction with Alexandra Road will be retained, allowing traffic to turn right out of the street towards Kingsway.
Cllr Fenty, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “It’s important that we look back at some key decisions and take on board representations we’ve had from traders and the community. We need to listen to what people are telling us that they want, and the reasons for it before we make any decisions. Traders were particularly concerned that the loss of the car park at the top of the street would impact on their businesses. We want to make sure we work with the traders to provide the best outcome and support our local businesses.”
Anna Darnell, Chair of the Sea View Street Trader Association, said: “Traders and the local authority have worked together to create a scheme which works for businesses, shoppers and tourists. The area at the top of the street is now a flexible space which can be used for events and this is something moving forward we are excited about. We would like to stress that during the works, businesses will be operating as normal and we would like to encourage people to visit to see our great street transform.”
The revised plans are due to be submitted to Cabinet at July’s meeting so that a decision can be taken on the way forward.
In the meantime, the rest of the Cleethorpes regeneration programme will continue, with works moving to the Cambridge Street end of Sea View Street from the middle of July.