Skegness and Sutton-on-Sea land £1,250,000 Government funding for regeneration
Tourism officials for Skegness and Sutton-on-Sea are celebrating after it was announced they are set to receive £1,250,000 funding from the Governments under the Town Deal Programme.
The money will be spent on accelerating the delivery of a new Colonnade development in Sutton-on Sea which will boost tourism and the pedestrianisation of part of the Skegness foreshore
Skegness, Mablethorpe, and Sutton joined forces in their bid to grab more than £50 million to help transform their areas and boost employment and community facilities. A group of stakeholders, community groups, and businesses formed the Connected Coast board as a show of force to grab as much money as possible.
Sarah Louise Fairburn the Chair of the Connected Coast said the news about the Government funding was amazing.
“We are very confident that after lengthy consultation with local people, businesses, and residents in both towns that we can deliver an ongoing vision for the two towns. This first tranche of funding is intended to spur on the two projects which by their very nature will improve the offering that both towns have the potential to capitalise on.
“Our hopes are that this is just the beginning. We want to see the Connected Coast benefit from even more funding, and there are some incredibly passionate teams behind getting that secured. Further funding will see us meet the challenges of connectivity, travel, health and education as well as improving the tourism offering that both towns do so well already.”
Sarah Louise continued: “The works in Skegness will see the part-pedestrianisation of Tower Esplanade and follows East Lindsey District Council’s approved Skegness Foreshore Masterplan. The improvements will be key to enhancing the trading environment in this area and will no doubt unlock the economic potential of a number of other under-utilised sites along the Southern Foreshore that will become more commercially-viable as a result of the pedestrianisation works.”
Skegness is currently going through a lot of positive changes, which hopefully will change the views of many media outlets which have called Skegness one of the worst holiday resorts in the UK.