Colonnade, Sutton on Sea

This page provides the community with the latest information about the Colonnade at Sutton on Sea and offers updates on the situation as they become available. The Paddling Pool is not under any threat of closure.

12 February 2020

We have now revealed plans to rebuild the Colonnade, with an improved structure and a new landmark two-storey building. The design, provided by CPMG, accommodates the feedback identified from the previous community consultations and will introduce a range of new uses and attractions to increase footfall for local traders across the year, including:

  • A "bridge" between the garden level and the promenade level, incorporating a lift as well as stairs, so that it will work for everyone;
  • Create a "look-out" or "observatory" to take advantage of the sea view and easily accessed from the gardens - and vice-versa;
  • Create an interesting and attractive new sea-facing venue (café, bar, restaurant);
  • Gallery space for a constantly changing series of exhibitions; something to keep bringing people back to see what's on;
  • Introduce alternative uses for the bowling greens, with suggestions including a covered outdoor performance area;
  • Install replacement beach huts to be built with versatility in mind - both in use and location/re-location out of season. Some could be dual purpose to allow them to be used as mini-shops for events (such as Christmas Market) and to have the type of power supply necessary to allow this type of use as well;
  • Retention of the paddling pool area.
  • Retention of the MUGA and play area.

We will continue to gather feedback on the design proposals until the end of February to enable a final design to be put forward for detailed planning consent and consultation later this year.  The aim is to secure planning consent by the end of the Summer 2020 and a complete match funding package by December 2020 so that construction works can then be procured for a start on site of construction works in February/March 2021.  The estimated build programme is forecast to last 12 months, with new facilities then being fully operational in time for Easter 2022.

Icon for pdf The full plans can be now be viewed online.  [11.68MB]

31 January 2020

On February 12 we will be hosting a community feedback event where we will be unveiling plans for the redevelopment of the Colonnade.

The event, held at the Bacchus Hotel, will give you a chance to see the plans for the first time, share your feedback and chat through any questions you may have. Throughout the event our Officers and architects from CPMG will be on hand to talk through the plans.

The community feedback event is being hosted by the Bacchus Hotel and will be split into two sessions - a Business Breakfast from 8:30am to 9:30am and a Local Community drop in session from 10am to 6:30pm.

The breakfast session will allow local businesses and traders to see the plans and help us understand how the scheme can be integrated with the surrounding area to generate wider economic benefit and footfall for local traders.  To register your attendance as a local business at this session, please Email

The remainder of the day will then be available as an open door, drop in session for local residents and other interested parties to see our updated designs and discuss the plans in more detail.  No pre-registration is required for the drop-in session.

For those unable to make the event at the Bacchus we will be uploading the plans on this webpage and will be inviting you to share any feedback you may have until February 29.

August 22, 2019

We have recently appointed consultants, Perfect Circle to carry out the next phase of works around replacing the Colonnade. Perfect Circle will carry out a full survey of the current Colonnade structure over the next week. Once this has been completed the information will be used to help them to develop a concept design for a replacement Colonnade structure, based on feedback we received during the consultation sessions we undertook earlier in the year. This design will then be presented to the community for further feedback. We're hoping to have something to share with the community toward the end of October 2019.

Alongside this work we are also developing a funding strategy to help us deliver the replacement structure.

April 9, 2019

Thank you to all the private beach hut owners who have now removed their huts from the Colonnade. We will shortly be removing the remaining huts, as agreed with other private hut owners.

We will also soon be submitting a planning application on behalf of those private hut owners who are moving to new plots.

March 12, 2019

Thank you to everyone who took part in the recent consultation workshops, which were facilitated by Community Lincs and OpenPlan.

The report from the workshops is now available to view Icon for pdf here [2.82MB].

The proposals will be used to form the vision for the area (with plans), which will then be subject to a further round of community consultation.  Thereafter, fundraising can begin.

March 1, 2019

Councils thank community for shaping vision for Colonnade and Pleasure Gardens area in Sutton on Sea

MABLETHORPE and Sutton Town Council has hosted a stakeholder workshop to refine the vision for the future of the Colonnade and Pleasure Gardens area in Sutton on Sea.

The workshop, chaired by the Mayor, Councillor Steve Palmer, was attended by a number of key local organisations whose role it was to shape the final vision for the area based on the feedback from the wider community workshops that took place in January. 

The stakeholder workshop opened with feedback from the January workshops presented by Community Lincs and Open Plan who have facilitated stages 1 and 2 of the consultation on behalf of East Lindsey District Council.

Attendees discussed the feedback and, like the community taking part in the first round of workshops, they agreed that a major regeneration programme for the area was needed.  The key components of such a regeneration scheme would include a new Colonnade structure, Beach Huts, flexible event space and a cafe/restaurant with educational facilities linked to the coastline and a roof top terrace as a high level viewing platform.  The ambition was that the area should be regenerated in such a way that it provides another reason for people to visit Sutton on Sea all year, with a unique and vibrant offer and programme of entertainment.

The next step will be for architects to work up the vision into detailed proposals prior to a further round of public consultation later in 2019.  Partners will work together to identify what funding might be available to deliver the vision.

In the interim period, recognising that it may take a number of years to develop the funding package, partners agreed it was important the area remained tidy and that the hoarding under the existing Colonnade was used as a canvas for images linked to historic figures such as Mathew Flinders and Joseph Banks.  This is being led by the Sutton on Sea Gardening Group.  Information Boards explaining that a regeneration scheme is being developed will also be installed so visitors are aware.

Councillor Palmer, said: "Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the consultation so far.  Considering the future of the Colonnade area and Pleasure Gardens has really drawn upon the imagination of the community, providing some great ideas to take the area into the future.  We must be patient though - regeneration won't happen overnight.  All partners will now be working closely to help identify the various funding streams that might be available to see how we can make the vision a reality."

A spokesperson from Community Lincs and OpenPlan said: "Community Lincs and OpenPlan have very much enjoyed working with the community in Sutton on Sea, helping them to consider and express their aspirations for their town and the contributions that the Colonnade and Pleasure Gardens area can make.  We have been impressed with the positive and enthusiastic way in which people have taken this opportunity to look forward and come up with imaginative and practical ways of making Sutton on Sea even better. We wish all involved every success in taking this exciting project forward."

Once compiled, a report on the consultation findings will be published on this page.

February 12, 2019

The latest structural report has now been received and is available to view Icon for pdf here [3.05MB].

January 28, 2019

Thank you for helping shape Sutton on Sea - A Vision

Two interactive engagement workshops were hosted by Community Lincs, with Open Plan, in January. These workshops were an opportunity for the community in Sutton on Sea to share ideas and help shape proposals for the Colonnade area and a redesign of the Pleasure Garden.

Janet Clark, Senior Rural Officer at Community Lincs, said, "We were thrilled to welcome so many residents, businesses and other stakeholders to the workshops; thank you to all who attended. The next phase of the consultation will see those suggestions coming forward for the future of this area of the resort being shared with a group formed by Mablethorpe and Sutton Town Council as part of the consultation process that aims to develop a clear vision for this area of the resort."

Community Lincs worked with OpenPlan, on behalf of East Lindsey District Council, to deliver the public engagement workshops. The interactive engagement workshops were the beginning of a four-phase process to develop a vision for this area of the resort, leading to either a scheme or a number of schemes being made available for wider community consultation later in 2019.

January 21, 2019

Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend the phase one consultation workshops on Friday and Saturday.  We will publish the feedback online in due course.

January 15, 2019

Works are now underway to remove the remaining ELDC owned huts.

January 14, 2019

Works to the alternative beach hut plots on the south promenade have now been completed and they are ready for huts to be sited on.

December 20, 2018

On Wednesday, December 19, the Executive Board agreed to allocate up to £130,000 towards new beach huts for the private beach hut owners impacted by the Colonnade issues to use.   

Each of the private beach hut owners impacted has been allocated an alternative beach hut plot on the south promenade.  Work is still ongoing to prepare some of those plots.

This decision means the private hut owners now have an additional choice:

  • They can install a beach hut which they own on their allocated plot.
  • or we will install a beach hut for them but we will retain ownership of that beach hut and make it available to them on licence.

We are now writing to the private beach hut owners to ask them how they wish to progress. 

December 14, 2018

Our responsive maintenance contractor, Gelders, are currently in the process of preparing new beach hut plots on Sutton on Sea seafront for the private beach hut owners impacted by the issues with the Colonnade.  Work is expected to be completed during week commencing December 17.

December 11, 2018

The Icon for image consultation [3.31MB] on the Colonnade area and Pleasure Gardens has now been launched. Phase 1 of the consultation will take place in January 2019 with two engagement workshops, to book go here.

December 10, 2018

Councillor Craig Leyland (Leader of the Council), Councillor Steve Kirk (Portfolio Holder for Coastal Economy), and James Gilbert (Growth and Promotions Service Manager) were pleased to attend a meeting arranged by Mablethorpe and Sutton Town Council to discuss matters in relation to Sutton on Sea and in particular the Colonnade/Beach Huts/Pleasure Gardens.

December 5, 2018

A petition entitled 'Save Sutton on Sea Beach Huts and Colonnade' has been presented to full Council this afternoon.

November 28, 2018

On November 21 we wrote to each of the private beach hut owners to confirm their alternative plot allocation.  We also explained that following a letter sent to us from some of the private hut owners affected, that the Executive Board will discuss their request for an alternative hut to be provided by the Council on their allocated plot when it meets on December 19. 

November 15, 2018

The latest structural report is available to view Icon for pdf here [7.64MB]. Following conversations with our insurance advisors in regard to the ongoing risk posed by spalling concrete on the Colonnade structure, we will be placing hoarding around the northern stairwell to prevent that access route being used to the foreshore.

November 13, 2018

Consultation process confirmed for Colonnade area and Pleasure Gardens

The consultation on the future of a colonnade and a redesign of Pleasure Gardens will commence in January 2019.

In August, we received a structural survey on the Colonnade identifying serious defects relating to its age and design.  These defects have resulted in the progressive weakening of the iron reinforcing beams within the concrete and the concrete itself, particularly affecting the surface slabs within which the steel reinforcement is reported as being almost completely degraded.

With the Colonnade reaching the end of its life, we gave a commitment to consult local people on their vision for this area of the resort, including Pleasure Gardens. 

We will be working with Mablethorpe & Sutton Town Council to jointly deliver the consultation with support from Community Lincs and OpenPlan.
The four phase process will start with interactive engagement workshops to develop a vision for this area of the resort, ultimately resulting in either a scheme or a number of schemes being made available for wider community consultation later in 2019.

Through the engagement workshops, the community will be able to put forward their thoughts for how the area can be used and what opportunities it presents to the resort.  Attendees at the workshops will be asked to bring along old pictures and press cuttings and their memories about the life of the Colonnade and Pleasure Gardens.

The Town Council's recently formed consultation group for this particular issue will have a leading role to play in reviewing the feedback from the workshops and shaping the proposals for the area.  The group will also include representatives from the Residents' Association, the District Council, the Environment Agency and a representative from the 10 Private Beach Hut owners impacted by the structural issues with the existing Colonnade.

Once the consultation is completed and a vision is confirmed for this area of the resort, we will work together with partners to consider the process of fundraising.

Details will soon be made available on how to get involved in the workshops.  Please be aware that you will need to book your place in advance.
This is an indicative timeline and whilst the consultation will start in January other dates might be subject to change.

Phase 1

Phase 1 will be facilitated by Community Lincs.   

2 engagement workshops. One event will be evening and one will be weekend.

This phase is known as 'co-production' and will look at the community's ideas for the Colonnade/Pleasure Gardens areas and the rationale and evidence to support those ideas.

January 2019
Phase 2

Phase 2 will be facilitated by Community Lincs.   

The ideas from the Phase 1 workshops will be appraised by a group formed by Mablethorpe & Sutton Town Council.  Recognising that many ideas are likely to come forward, the purpose of Phase 2 is to further shape the Phase 1 ideas to inform formal proposals that can be costed.

February 2019
Phase 3The Phase 2 appraisal will enable the development of a scheme/or schemes for the Colonnade/Pleasure Gardens area.  This time will be used to work with architects to produce costed plans.March, April and May 2019
Phase 4The Schemes will be made available for a final round of public consultation.  Once completed the final scheme will be published and the Council and partners will be in a position to consider the process of fundraising.June/July 2019

November 5, 2018

We were presented with a petition entitled Save Sutton on Sea Beach Huts and Colonnade.  More information is available here

The petitioner has been given the opportunity to arrange for the petition to be presented to Council on December 5, 2018.

October 29, 2018

Structural engineers have undertaken another of the ten week inspections on the Colonnade and both business units within it. 

The report will be available on this webpage once received.

October 25, 2018

We have now started the works to remove the chalets in our ownership from the Colonnade in Sutton on Sea. The work will be completed over a number of weeks, with the void that runs beneath the huts sealed off. Fencing is in place to prevent access to the top of the Colonnade where huts 2 to 29 are located.  This action is required to remove weight from the Colonnade structure.

September 26, 2018

We have met with some of the Private Beach Hut owners affected by the issues facing the Colonnade. 

We also issued the Notice to Quit to the Private Beach Hut owners.  The Private Hut owners have an annual licence for the plot upon which their Hut sits. The licence allows for a Notice to Quit to be served before the end of September each year to bring their licence to a close at the end of March the following year.  The serving of this Notice was required in order for us to start the process of removing weight from the Colonnade structure, as recommended in the structural survey.  

10 alternative plots have been made available to the Private Hut owners affected for them to relocate to if they so wish.

September 21, 2018

ePetition request receieved from the community running until November 2, 2018 - this can be viewed here

September 20, 2018

We were notified that a request (by a third party) to list the Beach Huts and Colonnade in Sutton on Sea had been turned down by the Secretary of State on the recommendation of Historic England. Here's the Icon for pdf decision notice [78.78KB].

September 19, 2018

ePetition request receieved from the community running until December 25, 2018 - this can be viewed here

August 30, 2018

The first of our ten-weekly inspections has been completed and the report is available to Icon for pdf view [1.96MB].

August 2018

The survey findings for all three sections of the colonnade have now been received. Initially, we'd hoped that we could make repairs to the structure but the report we've received makes clear that there are serious structural defects and that we must take action to resolve the issues.

Put simply, the issues relate to the age and design of the colonnade structure, which have resulted in the progressive weakening of the iron reinforcing beams within the concrete and the concrete itself. We understand from the report that this type of issue is fairly typical on structures built this way during the 1950/60s. The structure is not part of the sea defence. The full structural report is available to view on this page.

Regrettably, in order for us to resolve the issues we will need to undertake extensive works to the structure, which may include the removal of the full colonnade. A plan for this project is currently being developed. As part of this we are considering options for redevelopment of the colonnade area and what this might cost. Once we have more information on this we will talk to the local community about the best way forward before making a decision on how to progress. 

In the short term, and as explained back in April, we will need to do two things:

  • Keep the area under the colonnade fenced off in case further pieces of concrete should fall. We have replaced the heras fencing with a painted wooden hoarding. We have installed support poles under the colonnade. We will inspect the colonnade structure at regular intervals.

  • Remove beach huts 16 to 29, which are owned by the Council and closed. This will remove unnecessary weight from the structure.

Alongside this, there is a need to remove two further runs of huts from the top of the colonnade and we are entering into discussions with the relevant parties.

Huts 2 to 15 are leased to the Residents' Association and discussions are ongoing.

Huts 30 to 39 are in private ownership but on plots leased to the private hut owners by us. We are requesting the private hut owners remove their huts by March 31, 2019 (in line with their licence agreement). We are keen to work with the private hut owners to support the relocation of their huts onto other available plots in Sutton on Sea.

April 2018

Following a structural survey on a section of the colonnade it has become apparent that there are a number of issues with the structure. In order to ease the deterioration of the colonnade, there is a need to remove excess weight from atop the structure - including the beach huts currently sited there. 

A further, more comprehensive structural report on the full colonnade structure has been commissioned and heras fencing has been placed around the lower part of the colonnade to minmise the risk from falling concrete.