Cleethorpes transformation takes next step as hundreds of residents have their say

Early work on the plans is set to begin soon
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The consultation period has now ended for the proposed Pier Gardens and Market Place projects, with many residents taking the opportunity to voice their opinions.

Final plans for these two major developments are currently being drawn up, using input gathered from local residents over several weeks. The designs will soon be presented to the Council's Cabinet for approval, paving the way for procurement of contractors and scheduling work.

Preparations have already begun behind the scenes to get parts of Cleethorpes ready for this transformation. Over the coming weeks, some early tasks will involve clearing spaces at the Pier Gardens site and prepping areas for the construction phase to start.

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The two popular areas are set to be rejuvenated, supported by the Government’s Levelling Up Fund. North East Lincolnshire Council was awarded £18.4m for the resort last year, following the development of the 2022 Cleethorpes Masterplan, which was spearheaded by Hemingway Design.

Pier Gardens

Public opinion was strongly in favour of introducing play equipment suitable for all ages to Pier Gardens, as well as creating a peaceful area at one end for quiet contemplation, moving towards a space for events and activities at the other end.

Part of the preliminary "enabling" phase includes removing the maze located at the southern end of Pier Gardens. Although popular among younger children, it has unfortunately been the site of anti-social behaviour over the years and doesn't fit into the new vision seen by hundreds of residents. This year, the space previously occupied by the maze will serve to boost the Armed Forces event.

Another tree, the spiral-shaped conifer near the Strikewing memorial, is also set to be removed. Additionally, a dead tree located along the Alexandra Road section near the bowling green will be taken down as part of the same operation.

Later in the month, Buddleia within the Sea Road site compound and vegetation behind the Resort office will be cleared. This is to facilitate repair work on the retaining wall. In line with wildlife regulations, a comprehensive check of the bushes and trees will be conducted by ecologists before removal, ensuring no nesting birds are disturbed.

Sea Road Toilets

The Sea Road building site, situated in the heart of Cleethorpes, is set for remodelling, with main construction works commencing in the upcoming months.

To accommodate the new building construction, the Sea Road toilets are scheduled for closure in early June. This aligns with utility contractor timelines, allowing for asbestos removal, decommissioning, and demolition over the summer.

Additional temporary toilet facilities will be installed for the summer, positioned near the existing toilet block on Sea Road. The Grant Street toilets have been reopened and will remain operational during the Sea Road site works.

Upon completion of the main building, it will house new public amenities, including a Changing Places facility.

New flagpoles

The current flagpoles at the Memorial Gate are due for replacement. This work is scheduled to take place in early June, in preparation for the Armed Forces Day celebrations at the end of the month.

Pedestrian access

During the works, there may be some localised restrictions to pathways for safety reasons. North East Lincolnshire Council asks that people adhere to any diversion routes that are put in place.