Councillor Jane Evison recently visited Hornsea to learn more about the town's tourism role, heritage offer and learn how the business community is adapting since the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.
The portfolio holder for economic development and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council met with Councillor Barbara Jefferson and Councillor John Whittle, Paul Bell, head of economic development & communications and officers from the Local Growth team to gain insight into the town's issues, aspirations and business growth opportunities.
The visit complemented the work being carried out by the Local Growth Team to enhance town centre prosperity, which includes the development of a Hornsea Town Centre Recovery Plan produced by retail consultants The Retail Group following a stakeholder workshop held in the summer. The Plan includes a range of practical ideas and actions to support Hornsea town centre recovery and enhance the town's offer for residents, businesses, and visitors. Hornsea is just one of 12 towns across the East Riding that have benefited from a COVID recovery plan, which have been funded through the UK Government's Welcome Back funding.
The walkabout included visits to local independent business owners; No 10 Coffee Shop, Luciens Bar, Our House Estate Agents and Hornsea Museum.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council want to support ideas and initiatives that will help to revitalise and repurpose high street spaces and rural communities. The Love Your High Street Fund offers grants up to £10,000 to support ideas from local businesses, town/parish councils, organisations/community groups with projects that will revive high streets and help them to flourish for the future.
Eleven local businesses in Hornsea have received funding from Love Your High Street Fund to help support Hornsea High Street totalling over £64,000.
The Do it For East Yorkshire Community Grant scheme enables town and parish councils, voluntary and community sector organisations and others to benefit from funding up to £5,000 to help restart community groups or projects and get people back out into their community.
Seven organisations in Hornsea have received Do It For East Yorkshire Community Grant funding totalling over £18,000.
Councillor Evison said of the visit: "I really welcomed the opportunity to meet with fellow councillors and business owners in Hornsea recently to discuss and hear about the future aspirations for the town.
"The Town Council, local businesses and stakeholders should be commended for their commitment to work with East Riding Council to maximise the funding opportunities to support the high street.
"The local Growth team have completed recovery plans for other towns in the East Riding and we encourage stakeholders to work together to deliver the recommendations of their local report."
Tim Bunch, business owner of No.10 Cafe and Mayor of Hornsea, added: "The recent visit from Councillor Evison, Councillor Jefferson, Councillor Whittle, Paul Bell and officers from the Local Growth Team was very welcome.
"I am keen to work together in partnership to enhance Hornsea High Street for local residents and improve the town centre as a visitor destination."
For further information either of these grants please visit the websites.
Love Your High Street Fund: https://loveyourhighstreet.co.uk/
Do it for East Yorkshire Community Grant: www.doitforEastYorkshire.co.uk