March 20, 2023 4.00 pm This story is over 7 months old

East Lindsey District Council, has been awarded £5million funding from Arts Council England’s Cultural Development Fund to support partners in transforming the Embassy Theatre and regenerating Skegness Pier and the surrounding area.

Cultural Revival: The Midlands Coast, led by East Lindsey District Council and overseen by the Connected Coast Board, will support the transformation of the cultural assets on Skegness Foreshore.

The funding will support continuing plans to establish the Embassy Theatre as a new international ‘Culture House’ which will connect the Midlands Coast to other national and international venues and festivals.

Beach huts in the area will be salvaged and regenerated. | Photo: East Lindsey District Council

Works will include refurbishing the auditorium and dressing rooms, creating a new interactive classroom and creative workspaces as well as VIP boxes and a refurbished light box to enable high quality productions, with improved access and facilities for all users, including installation of a Changing Places toilet.

For Skegness Pier, the application will support the first phase of a multi-million pound redevelopment project led by the Mellors Group, to restore the Pier as a new visitor attraction and cultural platform.

Redevelopment proposals include improved accessibility, upgrades to the pier’s façade, renewing the lighting and furniture on the pier, creating safe pedestrianised walkway on the approach, the salvaging and restoring of abandoned beach huts and the construction of a new multi-use amphitheatre space, for seating and public events.

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January 9, 2023 2.39 pm This story is over 9 months old

Plans for 40 new electric vehicle charging points to be installed across East Lindsey in the coming months are underway, after the District Council was awarded a £150,000 grant by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).

The Grant, which is part of the second phase of OZEV’s Onstreet Residential Chargepoint Scheme, is designed to provide local residents who may not have access to their own off street parking facilities the opportunity to charge electric vehicles.

Initial work has begun to install new charging points at the following locations, with work expected to be completed by April 2023:

  • Market Place, Tattershall – 4 x 7kW dual chargepoints
  • Princes Parade, Skegness – 4 x 7kW dual chargepoints
  • Lawn Car Park, Skegness – 4 x 7kW dual chargepoints
  • Marine Avenue, Sutton on Sea – 4 x 7kW dual chargepoints
  • The Hub, Mareham Road, Horncastle – 2 x 7kW dual chargepoint plus 2 x 22kW dual chargepoints

The installation works will cost a total of £204,000, with 75% of the costs covered by the grant funding and the remaining covered by BP Pulse, who are the district’s charging point provider procured via the ESPO Framework.

The 40 new charging points will add to the 22 council points already available in East Lindsey car parks, situated in Alford, Coningsby, Horncastle, Louth, Mablethorpe, Skegness, Spilsby and Woodhall Spa.

Councillor Martin Foster, Portfolio Holder for Operational Services, said: “I am pleased we have been able to achieve this funding from OZEV to provide this service for our car parks, which are central to our residents. The grant plays a vital role in helping us support our residents who own electric vehicles, giving them more options around the District to stop and charge their car.”

Councillor Graham Marsh, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Leisure and Culture, and Carbon Reduction, said: “Our council is committed to reducing our carbon emissions and this will go some way in helping our residents be more energy efficient. Owning an electric vehicle will become more accessible and may encourage increased use of electric vehicles across our district.”

More information on the Council’s existing electric vehicle charging points and their locations can be found at:

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