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Council’s £10 million
boost for Hornsea

   

Andrea Kirk

Hornsea Reporter

 
       
   
PLANS have been announced for a multi-million-pound redevelopment of Hornsea’s seafront leisure centre.
Together with the upgrade of the South Promenade, East Riding of Yorkshire Council chiefs say the £10 million spend will be the largest capital investment it has made in the town.
East Riding Council this week revealed the proposed leisure centre redevelopment will incorporate three of its current buildings in the town to turn it into a multi-service centre.
The proposed scheme involves relocating the library and East Riding customer service centre from Newbegin and the resource centre from Parva Road, into the building.
The plans also include completely revamping the leisure centre featuring a two-storey extension with gym facilities proposed for the first floor and panoramic views over the sea. Highquality landscaping around the building would create a focal point for the Central Promenade. Additionally, a café and education room are proposed in the leisure centre plans.
Originally, they were part of a separate project on the South Promenade and were due to be housed in a new circular building near the boat compound which will also be upgraded. The South Promenade scheme had won funding worth £3.77 million from the Coastal Communities Fund grant last year.
Now although the scheme is to be changed, council chiefs say the new pay and display car park and the upgraded boat compound will still go ahead.
An East Riding Council spokesperson said: “These proposals, coupled with the upgrading of the Hornsea Boat Compound and visitor facilities at the South Promenade, which secured£3.77million of Coastal Communities Funding in April 2017, would represent the single largest capital investment in Hornsea ever made by East Riding of Yorkshire Council at over £10 million.”
Council leader Councillor Stephen Parnaby said: “We are committed to providing the residents of Hornsea with the best possible facilities and to ensure they have continued access to the services they value for many years to come.
This investment reaffirms this council’s commitment to Hornsea and will provide a major boost to the town and seafront’s ongoing regeneration, benefitting both local people and ensuring the best possible experience for visitors.”
Work on the boat compound is due to start in May to minimise disruption to the commercial fleet.
Consultation on the multi-service proposals will take place next Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19 and will include a public exhibition at East Riding Leisure Hornsea. Subject to the proposals obtaining planning permission, work will start in the autumn with completion expected by the winter of 2019.
An East Riding Council spokesperson confirmed: “The programme means the buildings will not be vacated for two years. The council will however be proactive in marketing the buildings for appropriate uses, with a view to securing new owners/uses as soon as possible in the development process and remains committed to supporting the town centre.
The council has not received any approaches from interested parties at this early stage.”
 
         
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