Transforming the Lincolnshire coast

Plans to transform the Lincolnshire coast have taken a major step forward as work starts on new schemes aimed at creating a catalyst for change in two of the county’s popular holiday resorts.

From a revamped esplanade at Skegness to the replacement of a crumbling iconic building in neighbouring Sutton-on-Sea, major investment is set to boost the area’s visitor appeal.

Thanks to total funding of £1.25 million for Mablethorpe and Skegness from the Government’s Towns Fund programme, work is underway on the Skegness seafront and on the demolition of The Colonnade in Sutton on Sea.

One of the most talked about projects is the transformation of the Colonnade, a concrete seafront structure first built in the 1950s, which needs to be demolished because of structural issues.

It will be replaced with a new landmark two-storey building, which could house a “look-out” or “observatory” to take advantage of the sea view, a new café and restaurant space with external seating, a new visitor centre, and beach huts.

The plan would also preserve and enhance existing features within the area, such as the popular paddling pool – a gift from Canada following the 1953 Sutton on Sea floods and shaped like a maple leaf – as well as the Pleasure Garden.

The hope is that the transformation of the Colonnade will also act as a catalyst for further investment to help attract more visitors right through the year, from new cycling routes to cultural events based around Sutton-on-Sea’s seafront.

Work to remove the existing failing structure has already started and will be complete by the end of April 2021. East Lindsey District Council will also be working with local partners to enhance the Pleasure Gardens and Promenade setting for the 2021 season following removal of the Colonnade, ahead of any new major construction works starting on site.

Meanwhile work is also underway to part-pedestrianise Tower Esplanade at Skegness – a popular seaside resort since Victorian times – in time for visitors hopefully returning when lockdown restrictions ease.

Improving pedestrian links to the seafront and parking, the new works follow £400,000 improvements to Tower Esplanade since 2018, which have seen the installation of new street furniture and unique curved lighting structures.

And in another boost for the coast, plans have been submitted by East Lindsey District Council for a new holiday lodge park close to the beach in Skegness.

For more details about the Colonnade project, see http://bit.ly/3a833QP

For general information about visiting Lincolnshire, when restrictions allow, see www.visitlincolnshire.com