Work to start on £multi-million Cleethorpes transformation in just months

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 26 Jun 2018

Cleethorpes sea front is set to be transformed under radical plans to be considered next month.

The town was awarded over £5.7m in grant funding last year to transform the resort into one of Britain's best.

And now details of the scheme's first phase have been released - and if they get the go-ahead, which is recommended, work will start in October.

A masterplan shows how the appearance and layout of High Street and Alexandra Road will be radically changed.

The plan shows the roads will be resurfaced, footpaths paved with stone, bus stops relocated, additional parking bays introduced and street lights replaced.

Alexandra Road will be resurfaced and the footpath replaced with stone flags (Image: DDM Residential)

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Coastal Communities Fund and North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC), the plan is part of the Cleethorpes Programme.

The scheme hopes to diversify the resort's economy, enhance the visitor experience, spark private investment and create jobs.

Read more: Big read: Postcards from sun-soaked ex-pats

A masterplan detailing the first round of improvements is due to be considered by NELC's cabinet on July 2. It includes plans to:

  • replace grey granite kerbs
  • introduce additional pedestrian crossing points
  • resurface High Street and Alexandra Road
  • upgrade taxi ranks and bus stops
  • 'de-clutter' and replace street furniture such as benches and pedestrian barriers
  • replace street lights

The ambitious scheme hopes to make Cleethorpes a major destination (Image: Pom Flying Club)

Councillors will be asked to approve the indicative scheme so a contractor can be appointed in time for work to commence in October.

The cabinet report said: "These works are an essential part of the wider regeneration strategy and will provide an enhanced visitor experience and improved connectivity across the town.

"The works will complement further investment in the historic built environment through the HLF scheme and will enhance the development potential of key sites."

The proposals follow extensive public consultation, and are the first phase of the Cleethorpes Programme.

Alongside public realm improvements in the High Street, Alexandra Road and Sea View Street, it will also fund repairs to historic buildings and a programme of festivals and events.

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