22 May 2024

Hornsea Inshore Rescue given go-ahead for rooftop café plans

by Rebecca Hannant

Plans by Hornsea Inshore Rescue to develop a terrace above its boat launch building have been given approval by East Riding councillors.

The plans include a rooftop café with a “full panoramic view” on the independent charity’s premises near the Promenade.

It hopes to have rooftop decking made from recycled wood, and glass panels affording views across the coastline. A new lift and staircase would also be required to make it fully accessible.

It is hoped that the new attraction would also benefit Hornsea Inshore Rescue, bringing in a regular source of income, as well as boosting tourism.

On Monday, April 8, councillors voted unanimously in favour of the project, which had been in the planning stage for several years after first being proposed by CEO and station manager, Sue Hickson-Marsay MBE.

Speaking at the eastern area planning subcommittee meeting, Hornsea ward councillor Barbara Jefferson said: “Having read the agenda and the recommendation, I am delighted that it reads approval, and of course with conditions.

“This application will make a magnificent impact on the South Promenade at Hornsea adding to the iconic building of the boat compound, creating a destination for not only the fishing fraternity but also the leisure-built facilities and the Hornsea Rescue and its volunteers, and give them the opportunity to do all the good work that they do.

“The café will provide for visitors and existing residents and create a new venue for all kinds of exciting new attractions. This in turn will help to fund the rescue service which is so important and valued to our coastline.”

North Holderness councillor John Whittle said: “It’s the easiest decision I have ever had to make on a planning committee. It ticks every box I can think of.

“It looks at improving the visitor experience, and the wonderful rescue boat facilities. Hornsea Inshore Rescue is entirely self-funded and does an excellent job along our stretch of coastline. The idea of having a café on the roof of this building fills me with joy.”

The other councillors on the committee backed the proposals with no debate, and the proposals were swiftly approved.

Sue Hickson-Marsay said: “We are so thrilled at now being able to proceed with our plans.
We already have all the necessary drawings and quotes. We now need to start applying for grants so we can start the work as soon as possible.

“I have always thought that such a terrace where we can serve drinks and snacks while people enjoy the fantastic view would be a huge asset to Hornsea and upgrade the southern part of the seafront. It would also increase the much-needed funds for running Hornsea Inshore Rescue.”