Opinion: There’s a great feeling in town for summer season

Andrew Warner, chair of Bridlington Renaissance Partnership
Andrew Warner, chair of Bridlington Renaissance Partnership

As Bridlington prepares for the main summer period, the opening of East Riding Leisure Bridlington has provided a fantastic opening set for the town to be firmly in the spotlight.

The welcome extension of the Park and Ride bus service, both in distance with the new stop at the leisure centre, and also for the later departure time of the last bus, now at 8pm, has come about in response both to the popularity of the new facilities, but also through representations from our local businesses.

The new leisure centre in Bridlington.

The new leisure centre in Bridlington.

Bridlington Business Forum enabled ideas to be put forward to develop our local services in response to demand and will help to provide business opportunities running later into the evening. With the summer season in mind, The Spa Bridlington is about to launch its new 2016 summer repertory season, with the headline show “At The Movies : A Life in Pictures” along with the “When Ivor Met...........” series at the great country houses of Burton Agnes Hall, Burton Constable Hall and Sewerby Hall. The season is gaining in popularity with each year.

During the summer months, preparatory work for the town centre development sites will continue, aiming to avoid disruption during July and August, in readiness for the start of highway improvement works in the Autumn in the Beck Hill, and Hilderthorpe Road area.

The recent announcement by the Council to invest £6.15 million into an expansion of South Cliff Caravan Site within the Wilsthorpe Estate, is a further sign of the Council’s commitment to Bridlington’s regeneration. The new facilities will appeal to new markets with “glamping” and lodges.

Staying visitors bring in five times more income to the area than day visitors, so this will be another welcome addition to the continued investment in our town.

I can also report that Bridlington Business Forum considered five new projects at its meeting last week, which are all looking to apply for a share of the national Coastal Communities Fund.

Projects that will contribute to the local economy through creation of jobs, visitor facilities, support for business, and improved skills for the local workforce. The Government has recognised that for some time coastal areas have been disadvantaged, and this fund aims to support economic growth in coastal areas, having already provided grants towards RSPB Bempton, East Riding Leisure Bridlington and the Yorkshire Nature Triangle.

With much optimism resonating within the town, I urge businesses to contact the Renaissance Office Tel: 01482 391708, and make sure you receive updates by email.

With many exciting events scheduled through the summer months, kicked off with Bridlington Seafood Festival on 9 and 10 July, Bridlington Business Forum will take a break until its next open meeting on Tuesday 27th September. In the meantime, there’s definitely a buzz about Great Bridlington.