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DELIGHTED: There were smiles all round from Mayor Lee Walton with Cllr Barbara Jefferson, MP Graham Stuart, Cllr John Whittle and Cllr Jane Evison, pictured in front of the current boat compound

  By Gina Hobbs  
       
   

HORNSEA has been granted £3.77m of government funding towards the redevelopment of the town’s South Promenade.

The news was announced this week by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), who will draw the cash from its Coastal Communities Funding.
Regional MP Graham Stuart visited the site of the planned development on Monday morning when the announcement was made and was joined by Cllr Jane Evison, East Riding of Yorkshire Cabinet member for the Economy, Investment and Tourism, as well as by Hornsea and East Riding councillors John Whittle and Barbara Jefferson and Hornsea Mayor Lee Walton.
East Riding Council and the MP have welcomed the news and Mr Stuart says he is delighted with the investment which has been won against fierce competition from other schemes around the UK.
The money will make up the bulk of the £4.6 million project to rejuvenate the Promenade, including the expansion of the leisure boat compound, upgrades to car parking and a new all year round café, retail space and visitor hub.
Mr Stuart said: “This is excellent news for Hornsea and represents major Government investment in the East Riding coast. At the end of English Tourism Week, this is a real boost for the whole town and should encourage visitors to come and visit, enjoy the promenade and take in the stunning views out over the sea.
“I want to congratulate everybody involved in putting the successful bid together, including East Riding of Yorkshire Council. They have done a terrific job and I can’t wait to see the final result.”
The plans were developed alongside the Hornsea Area Regeneration Partnership (HARP) and the existing users of the site, including the commercial fishermen, Hornsea Inshore Rescue and the Hornsea Sea Angling Club, and received planning permission in February 2016.
Cllr Jefferson, Chair of HARP, said: “HARP is delighted by the Government’s announcement that the plans for the redevelopment of Hornsea South Promenade are to get a multi-millionpound boost from the Coastal Communities Fund.
“With planning permission secured and now the receipt of funding, work can now start on this exciting project.
“HARP supported the development of these plans because they will provide another great destination for visitors and residents to enjoy on Hornsea seafront. We particularly wanted to see the area developed so that people can enjoy the views out to sea whilst watching the bustling activity to and from the boat compound, within a safe and pleasant environment.”
As well as securing the future of the fishing industry in Hornsea, the proposals include improving the facilities available for leisure by providing additional berths for leisure craft, a safer environment for users and visitors, a café, a small retail space and an education room.
Development of the plans was funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) through the Holderness Coast Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG).
Cllr Evison said: “The announcement by the DCLG is excellent news for the town of Hornsea and demonstrates this council’s commitment to regenerating our coastal communities for the benefit of both residents and visitors.
“The council has an excellent track record of attracting funding, based on its reputation for delivering projects on time and on budget, and it is pleasing that this scheme was selected by the DCLG for funding and can now be brought forward. “When complete, this scheme will strengthen Hornsea’s reputation as a mustvisit tourist destination and also secure the long-term future of the town’s fishing industry.”
A programme of works for the scheme, which is also seeking funding from the EMFF and the council’s capital programme to deliver the fisheries elements, is now being finalised.
Mayor Lee Walton added: “Residents of Hornsea have been asking both East Riding and Hornsea Town Council for anything to revitalise the seafront and hopefully this will be the start of this revitalisation.”

 
         
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