A SIX-FIGURE investment in Chapel St Leonards, establishing it as the gateway to the east coast’s blossoming eco-tourism industry, is hoped to boost the village’s visitor economy.
Lincolnshire County Council has agreed to create a new facility at Chapel Point, which will act as the primary access point to its Coastal Country Park, directing thousands of visitors through the village every year. Coun Colin Davie, who has been an enthusiastic supporter of the park since its inception, believes this will raise Chapel’s profile and generate exciting new opportunities for local businesses.
He said: “This is a unique opportunity for Chapel St Leonards to be not just the gateway to the Coastal Country Park but also to what I believe to be the finest beaches in Lincolnshire.
“It will give residents and visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy our coastline all year round, to walk, cycle and explore.
“This facility will be a fantastic opportunity for Chapel St Leonards to raise its entire profile.”
The project will involve redeveloping Chapel Point car park to host a bird observatory, cafe and art gallery. Surrounding pockets of undeveloped land owned by the county council will also be integrated, creating more park space for picnics and recreational enjoyment.
Once complete, LCC has agreed to transfer the facility to Chapel St Leonards Parish Council for it to manage and utilise as a revenue generating asset.
Parish chairman Coun Patrick Norton said: “We welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with the county council on this development of the Coastal Country Park gateway. It will be a boon to residents and holidaymakers alike and will extend the holiday season in Chapel St Leonards.”
The plans are also hoped to reduce the amount of tourist traffic within the park itself, helping to protect the unspoiled natural environment which it markets itself upon. Coun Davie added: “We need to have a gateway to the Coastal Country Park if we are to stop people driving all the way through to Anderby and Huttoft, creating queues and spoiling the view.
“There are a number of Sites of Scientific Interest and some very important wildlife, which we need to be protecting and enhancing - his is a very positive investment in the future and for Chapel St Leonards.”
A public meeting explaining the proposals in detail and inviting local people to comment will be held before the work begins.