Cleethorpes

More to do on Cleethorpes regeneration, says town’s MP

The MP for Cleethorpes said there is still more to do to regenerate the seaside town after the first phase of a £7.2 million project was given the go ahead.

Martin Vickers welcomed the approval for the regeneration programme, which was voted through by North East Lincolnshire Council’s executive earlier this week.

But he said that the project was just the first step in a challenge to help bring jobs and investment to the town.

“It’s not going to happen overnight,” he said.

“But this is securing the foundation and we have now got to build on them.

“Governments are responsible for ensuring public money is spent wisely and they will want to work with the local authority to make sure things move in the right direction.”

Cleethorpes Seafront. Picture: Calvin Robinson.

He added that he would be meeting members of the council in the next few weeks to go over what further bids the authority will be putting forward, including further plans apply to the Coastal Communities Fund.

Mr Vickers also said he would continue to lobby the members of the government, such as Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry, on further funding for Cleethorpes.

The £7.2 million regeneration scheme for the town sees a range of improvements planned for the area.

Work is expected to start on the project in September and plans include:

  • Replacement of existing kerbs and footway paving
  • Replacement of kerbing with grey granite kerbs
  • Material palette to be sensitive to conservation area
  • Introduction of additional pedestrian crossing points
  • Existing carriageway surface to be replaced
  • Upgrades to existing taxi ranks and bus stops
  • Replacement of existing street lighting
  • Replacement of existing street furniture

Following approval of the scheme, Councillor Matthew Patrick, cabinet member for environment, said the proposals were a “win win” for the town.

The council secured £3.3 million from the Coastal Communities Fund to regenerate the promenade, town centre streets and introducing public art.

A further £500,000 has been secured to create a cycle hub at the town’s train station.

Meanwhile, £1.9 million has been awarded to the project by the Heritage Lottery Fund and £1 million will be spent by the council on a cultural heritage  programme.