|The proposed structure will transform the look of the seafront|
A PLANNING decision is due to be made soon on a proposed new lifeboat station for Cleethorpes.
The proposal for a larger, more modern premises first surfaced in October 2014, but it is only now that Decision Day looms.
If approved the venture (designed by Lancaster-based Thomas Associates Architects) could transform the look of the resort's central foreshore by virtue of a new elevated structure and slipway running over the top of what is one of the most popular parts of the sandy beach.
One of the consultees is Natural England which has expressed misgivings both about the health and safety of beach-users and the potentially adverse impact on the knot, sanderling, godwit and other wading birds for whom the intertidal habitat provides a vital feeding habitat, especially in winter and at migration times.
However, there have been few objections from the community who acknowledge the importance of the RNLI and their brave work in going to the aid of those in peril on the sea.
Full details of the proposal have been posted on the planning page of North East Lincolnshire Council's website, and members of the public are welcome to submit responses during the course of this month.
It is not yet known if the decision will be made by an NELC/engie officer under delegated powers or by NELC's planning committee.