Three key attractions in Cleethorpes are moving to new hands from 17 May as they are handed to a Community Interest Company to run.
The management of the Discovery Centre, paddling pool and sandpit had been the subject of a tender process, and Cabinet agreed in December 2018 to hand over the keys to the successful bidder in the new year.
Your Community Hub a Community Interest Company (CIC), will take over the running of the three attractions and have exciting plans for their future. They currently run other community assets in North East Lincolnshire, The Gingerbread House formerly known as Humberston Library and Tea in the Park which includes a newly opened Forest School formerly known as Grant Thorold Library.
They have successfully managed to keep both library provisions operating by ring fencing profits and are now utilising the same business model to support these three key attractions to Cleethorpes.
Cllr John Fenty, new Cabinet member (elect) for assets, said: This is a great result and I’ve been impressed by the way Nathan has worked hard to put together a sound business case. This is exactly what we want to see more of – members of the community stepping up and taking on facilities that are no longer sustainable for the Council to run. I’d like to wish him luck in this new venture.”
Nathan Taylor of Your Community Hub, said: This is a huge and exciting time for us, lots of hard work has gone into the business model and we have received tremendous support from local businesses and the local authority. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in our journey and look forward to working with all our partners in the future.
“Special thanks goes towards our current staff and our new staff who are transferring over to us, we have received the best support a company could wish for in what has been a challenging time, we look forward to our future journey with them. We would also like to take this opportunity in thanking our loyal customer base and hope that we can put a spark back into this area and contribute to the exciting rejuvenation of Cleethorpes.
“The Discovery Centre was opened in 1997 and currently offers space for art exhibitions, as well as hosting two cafes and the ABP Observatory. We would encourage all potential community groups that wish to utilise space and hold exhibitions to get in touch, the potential is endless.”
To keep up to date with developments at the Discovery Centre, follow it on social media Facebook – CleethorpesDiscoveryCentre, Twitter – @CleeDiscovery.