Work to deliver the contract to deliver the first section of the £7.2m Cleethorpes’ regeneration scheme will start on site in the new year.
The highway project is part of the overall regeneration scheme for the resort developed by CoastNEL, a local group with representation from a wide range of local businesses and the community, supported by the Council and ENGIE.
PBS Construction has been appointed to do the works to the highway in the resort. The company has recently completed the highway works to Bethlehem Street in Grimsby and also the tidal surge repair scheme at the Fitties as well as a number of other projects out of the area.
The extensive programme of works in Cleethorpes, mainly focused around the town centre and promenades, will include improvements to town centre streets, public spaces and investment in historic buildings.
The work to improve the town centre streets and public spaces is due to start on site on Monday 7th January, and should be completed in late 2020. Due to the length of the project, the work will be done in four specific sections:
- Part 1: High Street and the top of Alexandra Road between January 2019 and July 2019
- Part 2: Sea View Street – July 2019 to December 2019
- Part 3: Sea Road / Alexandra Road Junction – September 2019 to December 2019
- Part 4: Alexandra Road (from the junction with Sea Road to the junction with Sea View Street – January 2020 to September 2020.
Another drop-in event on Thursday 13th December takes place at the Baptist Church, Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes from 2pm to 7pm. On show will be final designs for most of the highways and public spaces, as well as information about the other elements of the project, including the public art scheme and the associated heritage scheme for properties along Alexandra Road. There will also be the opportunity to meet the contractor and speak with the project team.
Cllr Peter Wheatley, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “I’m pleased that we’ve reached the stage where things are happening in the resort. Schemes like this take a lot of planning to secure the funding, to engage with residents and businesses to shape the project, and finally to go through the planning stages. The changes to the resort will help to shape Cleethorpes’ future, making sure that the public spaces are fit for the future.
Cllr Gaynor Rogers, Cabinet member for tourism added: “The resort’s potential is significant and things are moving in the right direction. Tourism is a hugely important sector for us. With the work we’re doing in partnership with businesses and community groups and the major funding boosts announced last year, we’re doing all we can to make sure this trend carries on.
“However, we recognise that we still have work to do in terms of extending the season, and creating more year-round tourism opportunities and this is something we’re working on as part of these projects.”
Funding for the project has been secured from the Coastal Communities Fund, Heritage Lottery, Local Transport Plan and North East Lincolnshire Council.