Plans for £50m investment in Skegness and Mablethorpe go to Government

A learning campus and plans for Skegness foreshore and town centre are among £50million worth plans for the coast which have been presenteds to the Government.

Artist's impression of the Skegness Learning Centre.

Leisure hubs at Mablethorpe, Sutton-on-Sea and Sandilands, and a landmark project at Mablethorpe to attract innovation in health and care. are also included in the plans submitted by the Connected Coast Board on behalf of the resorts.

As part of the Towns Fund, 101 towns across the UK have been identified and asked to bid for up to £25 million each. Mablethorpe and Skegness combined their efforts under the banner of the Connected Coast.

Sarah Louise Fairburn, Chair of the Connected Coast Board, said: “We are really excited to deliver the Town Investment Plans for Skegness and Mablethorpe and to get started on the innovative and wide-ranging projects we’ve attracted over the past year.

Artist's impression of the Sutton-on-Sea Colonnade redevelopment.

"This year has been incredibly tough for the whole country, but this funding presents a catalyst for investment into the Lincolnshire Coast and a brighter future for residents, stakeholders, businesses and visitors. We have brought together some of the most passionate individuals from businesses to work alongside the local council to make sure we are delivering for as many people as possible. We are positive this is a step-change for the towns and the Lincolnshire Coast.”

In Skegness the Learning Campus will be linked to business, culture and a police training centre. Significant improvements will also be made to the train station in Skegness, transforming the gateway to the town.

Coun Steve Kirk, East Lindsey District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Coastal Economy, said: “The Towns Fund is the most exciting regeneration opportunity we have seen in many years. It is great to see projects that have come from local residents and businesses being developed in these two exciting Town Investment Plans. The plans will be a catalyst for more funding and investment, particularly through the support of the Connected Coast Board. With our Strategic Alliance with Boston Borough Council, we’ve also been able to benefit from shared learning and shared expertise. This has proved incredibly beneficial for both our areas in developing our Town Investment Plans.”

You can read more about the Connected Coast and the projects at www.connectedcoast.co.uk.