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£3.25m boost for Hornsea seafront

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The regeneration of Hornsea seafront is set to take a big leap forward after East Riding of Yorkshire Council announced that work to improve the South Promenade boat compounds will start on Monday, June 18, and that the planned extension of the Central Promenade leisure centre, to create a new multi-service facility for the town, has been granted full planning permission.

The work to expand each of the compounds, provide dedicated parking for users, improved security and boat servicing and wash down facilities 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. Work is expected to take about 12 months to complete at a cost of £3.25 million.

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.

Gaining planning consent for the proposed extension to the Central Promenade leisure centre will enable the detailed design work to progress on a multi-service facility.

As well as bringing a number of services under one roof, including the library and customer service centre, the project will draw visitors to the Central Promenade by providing a range of indoor fitness and cultural activities as well through high-quality landscaping – which will open up views of the sea – and a café with outdoor seating area. An education room will cater for educational visits and provide a valuable meeting and events space. Work is scheduled to start in late 2018.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby, leader of the council, 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.”