Tower Gardens Pavilion
Skegness Town Council are a step closer to securing the funding needed to build a new community and heritage hub in Tower Gardens on the site of the old Pavilion.
Earlier this year, a feasibility study funded by the Coastal Revival Fund showed that the 1870s building could not be saved. Skegness Town Council made the application to the Coastal Community Fund (CCF) seeking a £3.5 million investment to replace the old building and bring new life back into this end of Tower Gardens.
The project received overwhelming support from the local community and now the Town Council has now been invited into the final stage of the application process by the CCF. If successful, this major investment will be announced in Spring 2017 with construction work commencing in the autumn of next year.
Not only will this provide new facilities and an all year round attraction, but will also provide jobs and boost the local economy.
What's It All About?
Those of you who use the Tower Gardens or pass along the roads around the gardens will have seen that the Pavilion is in a very dilapidated state and is becoming an eyesore. A current building survey report has identified that the building is in a critical state, has suffered much water damage and in parts is becoming structurally unsafe.
Over the past few years there have been a number of attempts to find a solution for the building. To date none has found an appropriate way forward. Critical to any solution is the need for it to be sustainable so that the building covers its own future running costs.
Skegness Town Council and Skegness Partnership are currently working together to identify what possible options there are for the future of the Pavilion and consider the viability of these options.
Public consultations held at the Town Hall and at Tower Gardens have been very well attended, with many people eager to find out more and to give their opinions on the proposals.
Students from Skegness Academy attended a public consultation meeting at the Town Hall to hear our proposals.
For more information please visit www.towergardenspavilion.co.uk