Work will start next week on a £1.3m Hartlepool Borough Council project to revitalise the Seaton Carew seafront.
The project will see an outdoor leisure park created, a sculpture by Hartlepool artist Stuart Langley installed, and the improvement of the Grade II-listed art deco clock tower and bus station.
The Seaton improvements have been made possible thanks to a £600,000 contribution from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund and £100,000 from local company Able UK. The main contractor is local firm Deerness Landscaping and Fencing.
In a separate development, a new ten-hole crazy golf course will be created next to the leisure park by a private investor.
Councillor Kevin Cranney, chair of the Council’s Regeneration Services Committee, said: “With its golden sandy beach, Seaton Carew has been a much-loved part of Hartlepool for generations.
“These exciting improvements – which are due to be ready for the start of next year’s summer season – will bring traditional seaside fun back to the prom, increasing visitor numbers and boosting local businesses.”
Peter Stephenson, executive chairman of Able UK, added: “Able is delighted to support such a worthy cause and we see this very much as a legacy of the ground-breaking projects that we are undertaking at Able Seaton Port.
“Over half of our workforce are Hartlepool residents and we hope that they, the whole community and very welcome new visitors to Seaton Carew will enjoy this new and enhanced experience for many years to come.”
The Seaton Carew improvements are part of much wider Hartlepool Council plans to regenerate key parts of Hartlepool and the work is getting under way just days after the start of construction on a multi-million pound regeneration of the town’s Church Street and Church Square areas.