Plans unveiled for new visitor centre at Skegness nature reserve

An artist's impression of the  new �1m visitor centre at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve.
An artist's impression of the new �1m visitor centre at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve.
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Exciting plans have been unveiled for a new £1m visitor centre at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve.

The new visitor centre will be part-funded by Lincolnshire County Council (£430k) and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust (£150k).

In the autumn, the council will apply for a grant from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund to cover the remainder of the funding (£420k).

It is hoped the new site, which will be built on stilts to prevent future flooding and have a roof top decking area may be welcoming visitors by 2016.

The original building damaged by the storm surge of December 2013 housed a cafe, visitor centre and educational facilities and in the interim, some of these facilities have been relocated to nearby Sykes Farm.

A portable building is soon to be located in the car park and this temporary building will provide additional visitor facilities until the new permanent visitor centre and cafe is constructed.

Gibraltar Point is still open to visitors with opportunities for walks and birdwatching, while the cafe staff are operating from a catering van in the car park.

See more in this week’s Skegness Standard.