£3.5m bid to replace pavilion

An artist's impression of proposals for a new community hub in Skegness. ANL-160407-133524001
An artist's impression of proposals for a new community hub in Skegness. ANL-160407-133524001
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A funding application for £3.5million has been submitted to create a new community hub in Skegness on the site now occupied by a delapidated pavilion.

Town clerk Steve Larner and a small team at the town council worked long hours to meet the Coastal Communities Fund Stage One deadline last Monday, since proposals to knock down the Tower Pavilion and replace it were revealed by the Skegness Standard at the beginning of June.

In addition to the funding bid, a planning application has also been submitted to East Lindsey District Council, after a presentation to secure asset transfer of the pavilion site to the town council.

Proposals for a community hub follow a £50,000 grant awarded to Skegness Partnership in December last year by the Coastal Revival Fund.

Skegness Town Council also raised the precept this year to generate funds to kick-start the project, with £4,000 of the £30,000 now used on planning fees.

The plans include a glass-fronted ground floor area to reflect its natural surroundings and feature a heritage centre, high quality tea room, gallery, multi-function room, community enterprise units for start-up business, toilet and changing facilities for the disabled, offices and a tourist information point.

It would also become the headquarters of rent-paying Skegness Town Council and be a new home for the Secret Garden Children’s Day Nursery, which would help it become sustainable,

A public consultation was launched after a surveyor’s report revealed delapidation of the 138-year-old present building was so bad it was at risk of falling down.

Mr Larner said: “The competition for this funding is huge but we hope to hear if we have been successful by the end of August. If we are successful in Stage 2, we expect the building to be open by April, 2019.”

Read more: http://www.skegnessstandard.co.uk/news/local/revealed-plans-for-new-community-hub-to-replace-skegness-tower-gardens-pavilion-1-7410543#ixzz4DR3AzJVa