Preparatory works have begun on the RNLI’s new £3 million lifeboat station in Cleethorpes, which is scheduled to open in 2023.

The new lifeboat station has been planned in the North East Lincolnshire town for some time. Planning and other permissions are now in place and land ownership issues have been resolved, meaning physical works can now begin.

Negotiations are currently ongoing to agree a start date for the main build of the boathouse, which the RNLI hopes will be complete by mid-2023.

Artist’s impressions have now been revealed to show the new building. The charity has also installed steps onto the beach, which will be required to maintain public access when the building is in place.

New steps have been installed, which will be required to maintain public access. | Photo: RNLI

The new station will be built on the beach in front of the current station and will provide the capability to position a second lifeboat at Cleethorpes, a more powerful B Class Atlantic 85. This will join the existing D Class lifeboat already on station.

The new station will have its own slipway for launch and recovery of boats. Currently, the lifeboat has to cross a public road near a blind bend.

The new station will be built on the beach in front of the current station. | Photo: RNLI

Changing and training facilities will also be improved and the RNLI shop will move on site too. This will give shop volunteers access to running water and a toilet, neither of which are available in the current shop.

The next phase of building works will be the most disruptive, with discussion regarding the required construction licences still ongoing, alongside tendering and detailed planning.

Changing and training facilities will also be improved and the RNLI shop will move on site too. | Photo: RNLI

Mick Fowler, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Cleethorpes, said: “The confirmation of the build of our new station is an exciting moment for all our volunteers in Cleethorpes, both operational and fundraising, as it marks one step closer to being able to move into the new facility.”

The project is being funded by the RNLI and £120,000 has already been raised towards the first £200,000 target – donations can be made to the RNLI here.

Community Manager Nikki Wrench said: “We have set a target to raise £200,000 towards the cost of the station rebuild and have so far raised £120,000 of this through the amazing fundraising that has been done by all of our life saving volunteers and community supporters.

“We need your help to raise the remaining £80,000 so that our volunteer crew can continue to save lives, train safely and provide the local community with this critical service.”

The Wildhearts and Big Country will co-headline Cleethorpes Rocks for NHS, a one-day live music festival this summer, with free tickets available for all NHS staff.

The big thank you concert event will take place at Meridian Park between 2pm and 10.30pm on Saturday, July 31.

Other acts performing over the day include Dr Feelgood and Grimsby-based rock band The Brew.

Free admission will be available for all NHS staff and tickets can be collected in person from Solid Entertainments at 46 Wellowgate in Grimsby from Tuesday, June 1.

NHS employees must be present to produce their own NHS photo ID to obtain the free ticket.

For others attending the concert, early bird tickets are available priced at £19. Family tickets are also available priced at £25 (one adult with 1, 2 or 3 children under 16) or £45 (two adults with 1, 2, or 3 children under 16) – book tickets here.

A second pro-recycling sculpture has been unveiled at Cleethorpes beach, meaning there is now a giant fish and a globe on the seafront.

The globe can be found on the North Promenade after being introduced to the public on Thursday, and it will be joining the 300kg Hammy the Haddock sculpture which was installed in October.

The sculptures have been introduced to Cleethorpes in the hopes of encouraging the local community to keep the beach clean and recycle their plastic bottles.

The globe stands at two metres tall and illustrates the role played by Cleethorpes in one of the largest mass migrations of animals in the world.

It will sit proudly at the seafront and can be used to recycle plastic bottles. | Photo: North East Lincolnshire Council

Cleethorpes is on the banks of the Humber Estuary, and each year 90 million birds fly along the East Atlantic Flyway, following the coastlines from the Arctic, Europe and into Africa.

The seaside town operates a bit like a motorway service station for these birds, as the rich feeding grounds in Cleethorpes provide a rest stop.

In tribute to this, the globe will have the international bird migration route added to it, in order to showcase the journey birds take during their travels.

The sculpture was designed and created by Blackrow Engineering and took over 350 hours to complete.

You’ll do well to miss Hammy on the Central Promenade. | Photo: NELC

Cllr Callum Procter, portfolio holder for Tourism, Heritage and Culture at North East Lincolnshire Council, added: “The team at Blackrow Engineering have done an excellent job in designing and creating this magnificent sculpture for the North Promenade in Cleethorpes.

“I’m grateful to Blackrow and all the other sponsors and those who donated via the crowdfunding campaign to kindly support this project to bring a stunning new attraction to the seafront.

“By highlighting the important role Cleethorpes plays in one of the largest mass migrations on the planet, we hope more people will respect the resort and make the effort to keep it litter-free.”

You can find out more about Cleethorpes’ role in the East Atlantic Flyway by watching the Humber Nature Partnership’s documentary here:

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