Funding bid planned for Beadnell visitor facilities

A major funding bid is to be submitted to create a new café, surf shop and public toilets in Beadnell.

Thursday, 15th February 2018, 08:08 am
Beadnell beach. Picture by Jane Coltman

The proposal is to build a new two-storey building in the overflow car-park area next to the beach.

Northumberland County Council’s cabinet has agreed to submit a bid for £1.15million to the Coastal Communities Fund, with the council expected to contribute the remaining 20 per cent – around £300,000.

The first floor of the building would house the café, kitchen and storage space with an external seating area.

The ground floor would house the surf shop with external space for events and training on a raised platform. There would also be public toilets, showering and changing facilities.

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It is proposed that the county council will design and build the new café and surf-shop shell, with the internal fit-out to be carried out by the prospective lease-holder.

The building would be leased to an independent tenant for a minimum 10-year term, at a market rent which has been estimated in the region of £25,000 per year.

The lease will require the tenant to pay the running costs of the building and be responsible for the public toilets, showering and changing facilities.

Coun Glen Sanderson said: “I think it’s absolutely right that we are investing in our coastal communities, as well as the rest of the county.

“This one is desperately in need of attention with the toilets becoming dilapidated over the years, so I’m delighted to see this come forward.”