This new £6.5million leisure centre revamp has got the go-ahead

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Jun 2018

Hornsea seafront’s regeneration is set for a £10m double boost, with two major schemes getting the go-ahead.

A £6.5m leisure centre revamp, to create a multi-service centre, has now won planning permission – despite objections from Hornsea Town Council.

It comes as £3.25m improvements to Hornsea boat compound and visitor facilities are set to start on Monday.

East Riding Council leader Councillor Stephen Parnaby said: “To get to this stage has involved a lot of hard work and I am delighted that community feedback on the proposals for the leisure centre has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Through careful design, the seafront will be better linked to the town centre and better protected from flood risk.

“Through the Hornsea Area Renaissance Partnership and its Coastal Town Team, the council has secured a significant amount of external funding to enable these exciting developments to proceed.

“Keeping the boat compounds operational during construction is challenging, but vital to sustaining and growing Hornsea’s fishing and tourism industries.”

An artist's impression of the Hornsea Boat Compound scheme

Hornsea Town Council objected to the town library and customer service centre being relocated from the town centre to the leisure centre, saying it would be difficult for the elderly to get to.

The town council’s opposition to the scheme prompted ex-mayor Councillor Lee Walton to resign in disgust.

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Town Councillor Kev Nicholson, who was elected after the former mayor quit the council, welcomed approval of the leisure centre scheme.

Cllr Nicholson said: “I was over the moon when it was approved. I think it’s a great thing for the town after years of no investment.

Work will start later this year on turning the leisure centre into a multi-service facility

“I put it on Facebook saying it’s brilliant for the town and I got 184 likes and about 50 positive comments.

“I am the youngest town councillor at nearly 47, a lot of the town council have been on there a long while and I think a few of them are quite frightened of change.

“I can see people’s concerns however and I am quite willing to work with East Riding Council and help sort out any issues that occur.”

Detailed design work will now progress on the multi-service facility, with work scheduled to start later this year.

Planning permission has been given for a £6.5m revamp of Hornsea's leisure centre

The project is designed to draw visitors to the Central Promenade, by providing indoor fitness and cultural activities as well landscaping opening up views of the sea, with a café with outdoor seating area.

An education room will cater for educational visits and provide a valuable meeting and events space.

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The South Promenade boat compounds upgrade, which starts next week, will be carried out on behalf of the council by Hobson and Porter Ltd.

It will expand each of the compounds, provide dedicated parking for users, improve security and boat servicing and wash down facilities.

The work will be phased to keep the commercial fishery and leisure use fully operational.

Hornsea Inshore Rescue will also remain able to launch throughout the construction period.

Visitors will benefit from the creation of a proper visitor pay and display car park and picnic area, with improved access to the boathouse and the rest of the promenade.

The scheme is being funded by the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund, European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, the Westermost Rough Fisheries Community Fund and the council.

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