Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Gibraltar Point to get new nature reserve

To repair devastating damage to the original building caused by the storm surge in December 2013, Lincolnshire County Council has submitted a planning application to build a £1 million visitor centre at Gibraltar Point, containing a café and visitor information.

Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council, says: “For the past few months, we’ve been working closely with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, who run the site, to develop these ambitious proposals.

“The new visitor centre has been designed to take advantage of the stunning views on the site, with expansive windows facing the dunes and sea, as well as a rooftop viewing deck.

“And the whole building will be raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding, with the adjacent old coastguard building also being refurbished.

“If everything goes to plan, we could be welcoming the first visitors to the new site by 2016.”

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Chief Executive Paul Learoyd adds: “The charity has worked with the county council at Gibraltar Point for over 65 years and has witnessed many changes.

“We hope that, despite the devastating impact of the flooding, a new centre on the site will provide visitors with an attractive facility, enhancing a visit to this much-loved nature reserve.

“Gibraltar Point has been enjoyed by generations of visitors and as well as local people.”

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).

The original building housed a café, visitor centre and educational facilities. 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. This temporary building will provide additional visitor facilities until the new permanent visitor centre and café is constructed.

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

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