Wildlife trust asks for views on new centre on coastal landmark

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Plans have been unveiled for an “innovative” visitors’ centre at a Yorkshire landmark.

Spurn Point suffered the brunt of last December’s tidal surge, and part of the peninsula now washes over at high tide.

But its owners Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is pressing ahead with a plans to improve facilities for the tens of thousands of visitors it gets every year.

It has announced plans for a centre at the northern end, with a classroom, cafe, shop and parking facilities, which can cope with floods and extreme weather.

Funding has not yet been confirmed or a start date, but the charity is asking for suggestions, comments and views from its many visitors.

Last year the trust won backing for £650,000 plans to restore the Victorian lighthouse at the southern end of Spurn.

Jonathan Leadley, from YWT, said the “innovative” design by Beverley-based Salt Architects aimed to have as little impact on the environment as possible.

“We are keen to improve facilities at Spurn; we have a cafe at the Bluebell and a little information centre at the Warren and some interpretation signage, but it is fairly minimal,” he said.

“Part of the project is to get the lighthouse opened and that has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and put in new toilets, a network of trails and lots of heritage events. That is all confirmed and the facilities are going to improve in a big way.

“The next thing is having a visitor centre at the northern end of the site. The paramount importance is the wildlife and environment of Spurn. Whatever we do has to have as little impact on the site as possible, we have to enhance it for wildlife if at all possible and cope with the challenges of the coastal environment.”