Chapel St Leonards Parish Council has expressed delight that Lincolnshire County Council has secured funding to develop a Coastal Observatory at Chapel Point.
Council chairman Mel Turton-Leivers said: “The Parish Council has worked in close partnership with the county council over this project from the very start. “From the word go, we viewed this project as being of great benefit to the community in providing a wonderful facility for our residents, and one that would attract more visitors to the village to the benefit of local businesses.
“The elected members of the council and the parish clerk put hours of work into the project and it is very gratifying to see that all of that hard work will now pay off.”
Now that the funding has been secured, the parish council understands that construction work will start in October with the new centre projected to open in October 2016.
Lincolnshire County Council will pay an annual rental of £13,500 to the parish council for the use of the observatory site, with the parish council also set to generate additional income from car parking and potential re-letting of the existing café building at Chapel Point, with the café relocating to the observatory.
Coun Turton-Leivers added: “As well as providing a welcomed facility, the financial arrangements will provide much needed income to help boost the parish council’s funds,” commented the parish council’s responsible finance officer, Councillor Paul Hibbert-Greaves. “This will help to off-set recent cuts to our grant funding, ultimately helping us to control the financial burden upon our residents. It is an excellent example of two councils working together to benefit the community.” .