By Louise Drewery on 21 September 2017
North East Lincolnshire Council has been awarded nearly £2million thanks to National Lottery players to help enhance the historic character of Cleethorpes Town Centre.
The ‘Discover Cleethorpes Heritage’ Townscape Heritage (TH) programme will deliver a five year regeneration scheme with £1.9m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) alongside an additional £1m from North East Lincolnshire Council. The majority of these funds will be available as grants to building owners in the area to repair and reinstate original features.
The Townscape Heritage programme will focus on conserving and enhancing historic buildings and improving the public realm on Alexandra Road and Sea View Street to build on the town’s character.
Property owners / tenants within the Townscape Heritage area will be eligible to apply for the grant funding to enhance features like balconies, shop fronts windows and doors. The programme will also offer local people opportunities to learn new skills and become better informed about the historic environment through a series of heritage themed events and skills classes.
Grants of up to 80% of the total costs of building works will be available from early 2018. Owners or tenants of eligible properties will be required to provide the rest of the funding to secure a grant.
The announcement is the latest in a series of funding bids that have come to fruition for the resort. In March, CoastNEL was awarded £3.8million from the Coastal Communities Fund, and additionally, £0.5million is being invested in the creation of a cycle hub at Cleethorpes station to provide a bike parking and hire service.
Cllr Ray Oxby, leader of the council, said: “This is fantastic news for the Premier seaside resort on the east coast and for the wider area. This funding not only presents a unique opportunity to reinforce the image of Cleethorpes as an attractive seaside resort and through this total regeneration programme, local businesses and jobs will be sustained.”
Cllr Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for heritage assets, said: “It’s important that we recognise and value the history of our towns. The funding will help us to bring some of the buildings back to their former glory.”
Cllr Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for tourism, said, “Both of these streets are deeply rooted in the town’s history, and wonderfully fit the seaside feel of Cleethorpes. With some of the buildings along these streets being at risk, and many of the original architectural features having been lost over time, this funding will provide a much-needed boost, enabling the area’s heritage to endure.”
David Renwick, Head of HLF Yorkshire & the Humber, said: “The Townscape Heritage programme is about investing in the places we call home - our high streets and town centres. North East Lincolnshire is one of our priority development areas for funding, and we are delighted that National Lottery players can help breathe new life into Cleethorpes, and help to preserve the distinctive architecture of the seafront.”
Details of how to apply for grants will be made available soon.