New £1.5million Cleethorpes Lifeboat Station given go-ahead
An artist's impression of the new lifeboat station
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 25 May 2018
Cleethorpes lifeboat crews have been given permission to cast off their new £1.5million station.
North East Lincolnshire Council planners approved plans for the new station to be built on the beach across the road from their current station.
RNLI spokesman Matthew McNally said: “This is exciting news for the station. It will mean we will have a new lifeboat here in Cleethorpes.
“It will give us the capacity to tow bigger vessels and give us the capacity to respond to more calls and free up the Humber Lifeboat for off-shore jobs.
“Having two boats will give us massively more capacity. This will allow the charity to respond more quickly, in a wider range of weather conditions, to a larger variety of incidents while keeping its volunteers safer.”
Work to start on new Cleerhorpe RNLI station
The spokesman said the new station will be built on the beach and avoid crews having to cross the road with all their equipment.
He said: “Being just around from a blind corner we have had a few near misses.
“The public can see when we are launching but it means people have to get out of the way when they are on Brighton slipway and cars coming round the corner have to stop every time we launch.”
The new station will have more space than the present one, which was opened over 30 years ago.
Cleethorpes RNLI press officer, Matthew McNally, after announcing the news that building will start on their new lifeboat station on Cleethorpes beach in December
It has limited space for crews to shower and often it is open to public view.
Matthew said: “It is a tight squeeze in here and the changing facilities in the new station will be much bigger.”
The new RNLI station will include a charity shop so the volunteer fund raisers will have more space and facilities.
The new vessel is an Atlantic class rigid hull boat which is 8.5m long.
It will be in addition to the D-class lifeboat which is 5.5-metres long.
Cleethorpes RNLI was declared on service 30 years ago
The RNLI is recruiting for more volunteer crew members.
work on the new station is due to start in December and take about a year before it becomes operational.
A fund-raising campaign will be set up to help support the new home.
Donations can be made to Royal National Lifeboat Institution, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ.
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