Sutton on Sea

East Lindsey District Council submitted for planning consent a £6 million plan to redevelop the Sutton on Sea Colonnade into a modern space.

The initial draft designs were revealed in early 2020 and the latest have taken into account responses from the public consultation.

All major features from the first drafts remain, including a new multi-use building that holds a cafe, restaurant, gallery and exhibition space, as well as new beach huts.

Draft plans for the proposed Colonnade in Sutton on Sea. | Photo: ELDC

Visitors and residents will also be able to enjoy heated seating areas designed around existing features such as Pleasure Gardens.

There will also be a small number of new commercial kiosks, potentially to attract new business opportunities in the area.

A new look seafront at Sutton on Sea. | Photo: ELDC

This may include cycling hire, storage and maintenance, or other recreational uses.

The new look Colonnade will offer space for additional pop-up trading, plus events, all year round, should approval be granted.

The modern-looking interior of the Colonnade plans. | Photo: ELDC

A decision is expected to be made in May 2021, after going through the routine planning process.

Work is now currently underway towards preparing the site for redevelopment, including removing the existing structure there.

Draft designs have been adapted to suit the public’s feedback on the plans. | Photo: ELDC

Progress has been made possible by £500,000 of accelerated funding given to East Lindsey District Council as part of the Towns Fund.

It is hoped that the Colonnade will be given around £4.2 million in funding, going towards total project costs of an estimated £6.1 million.

The plans being submitted has been described as a “major milestone”. | Photo: ELDC

Councillor Steve Kirk, portfolio holder for coastal economy at ELDC, said: “The Colonnade project is something that we’ve been working on for some time and the submission of these plans is a major milestone.

“I’m pleased to see a final design that takes into account the extensive community consultation we’ve undertaken and I know the new structure can bring with it long-lasting benefits for Sutton on Sea.

“As well as providing a replacement Colonnade, it’ll bring some fantastic new facilities to the town, serving as an asset for local residents and a draw for visitors from further afield.”

Beach huts on top of Sutton on Sea Colonnade in 2018 before they were demolished. | Photo: Daniel Jaines

A Lincolnshire couple who have been married for 67 years were reunited after the husband joined his wife at the same care home.

Mary Owen, 88, has been at the Four Seasons Health Care’s Doulton Court Care Home in Sutton-on-Sea for over seven years, with regular visits from husband Bob, 90.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and months of restrictions, the two haven’t been able to meet up as often as they would like, limited only to socially distanced visits and zoom calls.

Those days are now over for the lovebirds, as Bob moved into the same care home in January, reunited with his true love.

Bob said: “I have missed Mary so, so much and I’m so happy that we can be together again at last.”

The couple, who are originally from Nottingham, first met at a dance in 1951, at Jepson’s Ballroom when they were just 20 and 18-years-old respectively.

Bob proposed to Mary as they walked past a jewellers, and the two got married on Bob’s birthday in March 1953.

They have a son, two daughters and one granddaughter and are still going strong to this day.

The pair have shared their secret to a long and happy marriage, putting it down to “lots of communication, date nights and of course, true love, which conquers all.”

The manager of Doulton Court Care Home, Susan Yates, said: “It has been wonderful for Bob and Mary to be reunited and it’s so heart-warming to see them enjoying life together once more.

“They love taking part in activities like singing, crafts club and playing board games and being able to sit down and enjoy their meals together again.”

Skegness and Sutton on Sea will receive initial funding of £1,250,000 from the government for regeneration plans.

It will go towards the part-pedestrianisation of Tower Esplanade in Skegness and a new colonnade development in Sutton on Sea as the existing, unsafe 1950s concrete structure will be demolished.

Sutton on Sea is part of the Mablethorpe bid and the new development will soon be submitted for detailed planning consent.

It includes a new landmark multi-use building housing a cafe, gallery and exhibition space and viewing decks.

It will also offer sheltered trading areas, craft and performance spaces, as well as 15 new modern beach huts and six luxury holiday lodges.

A CGI render of the Skegness Foreshore proposal. | Image: ELDC

Skegness, Mabelthorpe and Sutton on Sea joined forces for their bid of more than £50 million and a group of local stakeholders, businesses and community groups formed a board called the Connected Coast.

Sarah Louise Fairburn, Chair of the Connected Coast, said: “This is amazing news, 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.”

These are two of over 100 towns in England which will share £80 million to boost regeneration from the government’s Town Deal Accelerated Funding, including Lincoln, Boston, Grimsby and Scunthorpe. It is the first part of £3.6 billion to level up towns across England.

Meanwhile, East Lindsey District Council’s Executive Board have approved a Local Development Order for the local coast.

It will allow holiday parks and seasonal accommodation to open from March 1 to January 5 for holiday occupancy, extending the season and assisting local businesses in their recovery from economic impact of COVID-19.

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