Cash boost for seafront theatre space

L-R - Coun Mel Turton-Leivers (Chapel St Leonards Parish Council), David Smart (Wren Local Panel), Coun Peter Bedford (WREN Local Panel), Coun Colin Davie and Coun Paul Hibbert-Greaves (Chapel St Leonards Parish Council)
L-R - Coun Mel Turton-Leivers (Chapel St Leonards Parish Council), David Smart (Wren Local Panel), Coun Peter Bedford (WREN Local Panel), Coun Colin Davie and Coun Paul Hibbert-Greaves (Chapel St Leonards Parish Council)
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Ambitious plans to create a seafront amphitheatre at Chapel St Leonards are set to become a reality following news that a £72,700 grant has been awarded for the scheme.

The transformation of the area near the Pullover has been given a boost by WREN, a not-for-profit business which awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by FCC Environment to the Landfill Communities Fund.

Proposals include a three-tiered seating area in the style of an amphitheatre, looking out towards the sea. The local community will be able to use it for a variety of purposes including outdoor performances and activities.

Cheryl Raynor, WREN grant manager for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, said: “The funding for the Chapel St Leonards Seaside Community Space, which has been awarded by WREN, will create a real hub for the local community to come together. We’re delighted to support Lincolnshire County Council and its partners in delivering this facility”.

Coun Colin Davie, executive member for economic development, said: “It is fantastic that WREN can make funds like this available to communities and we are very pleased our project has been selected. We are looking forward to delivering this scheme to ensure it is ready for 2016.”

Lincolnshire County Council and Chapel St Leonards Parish Council are working together to deliver this project with funding commitments from WREN, as well as the county council. The Neighbourhood Management group are fully supporting the development.

The partners remain keen to develop a ‘Friends of Chapel Prom’ group, who would support the facility by giving up a short amount of time to check the area over and undertake simple maintenance tasks.

Anyone interested in volunteering should email amanda.bond@lincolnshire.gov.uk or call 01522 550605.