Multi-million-pound investment proposed for Hornsea seafront

By East Riding of Yorkshire Council | Posted: 5 Jan 2018

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is keen to hear from residents and businesses in Hornsea about proposals to redevelop the leisure centre into a multi-service facility for the town.

As part of the plans, millions of pounds will be invested in completely revamping the leisure centre, with new facilities to encourage indoor and outdoor sport and play as well as on relocating the library, customer service centre and resource centre at Parva Road. 

With a stunning two-storey extension and high-quality landscaping, the new leisure and learning hub will provide a major new focal point for the central promenade.

These proposals, coupled with the upgrading of the Hornsea Boat Compound and visitor facilities at the South Promenade, which secured £3.77million of Coastal Communities Funding in April 2017, would represent the single largest capital investment in Hornsea ever made by East Riding of Yorkshire Council at over £10million.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the council, said: “East Riding of Yorkshire Council is committed to providing the residents of Hornsea with the best possible facilities and to ensure they have continued access to the services they value for many years to come.

“The creation of multi-service centres has proved to be successful in other parts of the East Riding, providing residents with improved services while reducing running costs for the council by having a number of services under one roof. It has also led to increased usage and substantially improved the offer to our residents.

“This investment reaffirms this council’s commitment to Hornsea and will provide a major boost to the town and seafront’s ongoing regeneration, benefitting both local people and ensuring the best possible experience for visitors.”

As well as consolidating the library, customer service centre and resource centre facilities, the revamped East Riding Leisure Hornsea would also see the café and education room originally planned for the boat compound relocate the short distance along the seafront.  However, car parking and other visitor facilities on the South Promenade will be greatly improved. 

The boat compound works, due to start in May 2018, are timed to minimise disruption to the commercial fleet and will secure the future of the fishing industry in Hornsea by providing the fleet with better facilities, such as bait and catch storage and improved boat maintenance. The work will also improve the facilities available for leisure craft by providing additional berths and a safer environment for users and visitors.

Consultation on the multi-service proposals will take place on Thursday, 18 and Friday, 19 January and will include a public exhibition on these two days at East Riding Leisure Hornsea, where members of staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Subject to the proposals obtaining planning permission, work will start on site in autumn 2018 and would see the leisure centre close. The use of alternative venues in the town will be explored and East Riding Leisure members will be given a discounted membership during this period and are able to use any of the council’s other leisure centres.

The library and customer service centre would remain open until they move.

Work on the new multi-service centre is scheduled to be completed by autumn/winter 2019.

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