Seafront flats to replace resort's Winter Gardens

Dave Mark ONE OF Cleethorpes' best-known buildings is to be pulled down to make way for luxury seafront flats.

Yesterday North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee voted 10 to one in favour of a plan to build 47 flats in place of the Winter Gardens entertainment venue on Kingsway.

Coun John Colebrook said: "It's a historic day today because it transforms that site forever."

The previous plans to demolish the dancing and entertainment venue met with objections from local residents, but now most nearby householders in favour of a loss of some privacy if it means an end to the noise and disruption.

The Friends of Haverstoe, a pressure group which fiercely opposed previous development plans, has accepted the new suggestion, which includes parking facilities.

A spokesman said: "We have been assured the Winter Gardens will continue in a new location, which will be bigger and better and allow it to continue to be a great asset to the people of the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area."

But many critics of the plans say Cleethorpes is losing its distinctive character and that the next generation of residents will be priced out of town in favour of wealthy newcomers.

The Winter Gardens has offered a diverse range of attractions for half a century but events such as teenage discos have proved very unpopular with residents.