£10m regeneration: Pictures show how Hornsea seafront will be transformed

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Jan 2018

More than £10m will be spent on regenerating Hornsea’s seafront and people are being urged to have their say.

The ambitious plans will involve the closure of the town’s leisure centre for a year, while it is transformed into a £6.5m multi-service facility.

New sports and play facilities will be provided at the centre, which will also see Hornsea's library, customer service centre and resource centre relocated there.

A two-storey extension will be built for the new leisure and learning hub, providing a major new focal point for the central promenade.

The proposals - coupled with the upgrading of Hornsea Boat Compound and visitor facilities at South Promenade, which secured £3.77million of Coastal Communities Funding last year - represent the single largest capital investment in Hornsea made by East Riding Council, at over £10m.

Council leader Councillor Stephen Parnaby said: “East Riding of Yorkshire Council is committed to providing the residents of Hornsea with the best possible facilities and to ensure they have continued access to the services they value for many years to come.

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“The creation of multi-service centres has proved to be successful in other parts of the East Riding, providing residents with improved services while reducing running costs for the council by having a number of services under one roof.

“It has also led to increased usage and substantially improved the offer to our residents.

“This investment reaffirms this council’s commitment to Hornsea and will provide a major boost to the town and seafront's ongoing regeneration, benefitting both local people and ensuring the best possible experience for visitors.”

The new Hornsea venue is targeted for opening in autumn/winter 2019

As well as consolidating the library, customer service centre and resource centre facilities, the revamped East Riding Leisure Hornsea would also see the café and education room originally planned for the boat compound relocate the short distance along the seafront.

Car parking and other visitor facilities on the South Promenade will also be improved.

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The boat compound works, due to start in May, are timed to minimise disruption to the commercial fleet and will secure the future of the fishing industry in Hornsea by providing the fleet with better facilities, such as bait and catch storage and improved boat maintenance.

The work will also improve the facilities available for leisure craft by providing additional berths and a safer environment for users and visitors.

Consultation on the multi-service proposals will take place on Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19.

This is how Hornsea's new leisure and multi-service centre would look

This will include a public exhibition at East Riding Leisure Hornsea, where members of staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Subject to planning permission, work will start on site in autumn 2018, when the leisure centre would close for the project.

The use of alternative town venues will be explored and East Riding Leisure members will be given a discounted membership during this period, when they will be able to use any of the council’s other leisure centres.

The library and customer service centre would remain open until they move.

Work on the new multi-service centre is scheduled to be completed by autumn/winter 2019.

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