16 April 2024

Community asked for views on plans to transform prom

by Rebecca Hannant

A consultation has been launched on proposals to transform Withernsea’s Central Promenade and Valley Gardens.

For the past two years, Withernsea Town Council and East Riding Council have been collaborating on a seafront regeneration project based on community feedback.

In early 2023, Northern Shores Marine Consultancy was appointed to conduct a feasibility study into the proposals, funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The project aims to enhance the Valley Gardens and Central Promenade, support local businesses, create employment and offer a diverse and inclusive experience for visitors and residents.

As part of the proposals, the two councils have proposed the installation of 10 microbusiness kiosks in Valley Gardens, creating a “coastal market”.

These kiosks are designed to be small and low-cost, providing space for microbusinesses and new start-ups, alongside supporting larger seasonal markets and events.

The proposals include the introduction of beach huts along the front of the Memorial Gardens and the fishing compound.

Also suggested is the formalisation of the pedestrianisation-priority section of the Central Promenade from the HM Coastguard station to the fishing compound. This will prioritise pedestrians and create space for the beach huts but still provide access for authorised users.

Withernsea Town Council is seeking feedback from the local community on these proposals and has prepared a list of questions to gather views and suggestions.

To have your say, visit eastyorkshirecoast.commonplace.is.