Withernsea pavement fountains get the go-ahead

By East Riding of Yorkshire Council | Posted: 17 Mar 2017

Work will soon start on the installation of a series of pavement fountains on Withernsea’s central promenade, becoming the first on the East Yorkshire coast.

The fountains, a key part of the Withernsea Seafront Improvement Plan, are being funded by Big Local, Westermost Rough at DONG Energy and East Riding of Yorkshire Council and will cost around £311,000.

Planning the project has taken time and included developing a design that avoided the mains sewer that runs along the promenade and finding a location for the plant room.

The tenacity and support of Withernsea’s Big Local steering group has been a driving force behind bringing the project to fruition and will now see 14 jets arranged in a zigzag pattern, together with new raised seating funded by Tesco Bags of Help (£12,000), to create a focal point on the central promenade and will run both day and night.

The Withernsea Seafront Improvement Plan aims to increase the usage and attractiveness of the seafront for the whole community and visitors to the area and it is hoped that this initiative will act as a catalyst for further regeneration of the town.

Peter Crawley, chairman of Big Local, said: “Withernsea Big Local is delighted to be the majority investor in this unique and exciting feature on our community's promenade, which will be open later this year, to be enjoyed by residents, holiday makers and visitors to the town.

“As residents and partners we are proud to see this initial flagship project happening following, what has been, an intensive development period.”

Kevan Hough, chair of Withernsea and South East Holderness Regeneration Partnership (W&SEHRP), said: “The regeneration partnership is very pleased that the fountain project is going ahead. The original idea for the fountains came from residents and we incorporated this idea into our seafront improvement plan.

“We are very grateful to Big Local, Dong Energy and East Riding of Yorkshire Council for funding the project and I am looking forward to seeing the pleasure the fountains bring to everyone.”

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and tourism, said: “Withernsea seafront is an important location for both residents of the town and for visitors to enjoy.

“The new pavement fountains and seating have been identified as a priority by local people and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, working alongside the community and our partners, is delighted to be delivering on these local priorities.

“The improvements along the seafront will complement other recent investments in the town and will also help spark further regeneration in Withernsea.”

Work on the pavement fountains and raised seating is anticipated to start in March and be finished by mid July.

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