Grimsby and Cleethorpes tired but handsome.

Cleethorpes Pier


Grimsby and Cleethorpes tired but handsome.

Do you agree or disagree that the following article which appeared in the guardian is a fair reflection on Grimsby and Cleethorpes?

What’s going for it? If you want to see why so many people voted

(and would still vote) for Brexit, these are the perfect places to start. These conjoined twins have been in a death spiral for decades. The story is depressingly familiar: the sudden removal of a place’s main reason for being, various feeble attempts at sticking-plaster “regeneration” and decades of underinvestment. Today, Grimsby and Cleethorpes need big thinking. There are a few, much-feted, green shoots: the wind-farm industry, for instance (Grimsby has more of its energy demands met by renewables than anywhere else in the country); or the turning of  Grimsby’s evocative, 19th-century dockside Kasbah District into a conservation area. Whether these green shoots will grow, though, is a moot point. The area faces formidable challenges. On the plus side, the towns can be truly beautiful, with handsome 19th-century homes, delightful parks and silky sand on the beach. Its community is battered, but of strength, most places would envy. Nobody could wish these places anything but better fortune, love and, most importantly, a whole lot of cash.

The case against Where to begin. The full gamut of economic and social problems. Grimsby, in particular, was heavily damaged by redevelopment in the 70s.

Well connected? Out on a limb, but not as isolated as many say, especially by car. Trains: not the finest service; hourly to Doncaster and the east coast mainline (65 minutes), 55 minutes to Lincoln (every two or three hours) and 42 minutes to Barton-upon-Humber (every two hours). Driving: an hour to Doncaster and the A1(M), 50 minutes to Hull; you can be up in the Wolds in 15 minutes.

Schools Primaries: Old Clee, St Mary’s Catholic, Lisle Marsden, Ormiston South Parade, Yarborough, Grange, Western, Fairfield, William Barcroft, Littlecoates, and Scartho are all “good”, says Ofsted, with Elliston“outstanding”. Secondaries: Havelock and Oasis Academy Wintringham are both “good”.

Hang out at… Papa’s Fish and chips at the end of Cleethorpes Pier. Save the scraps for me. Great nearby country pubs: the New Inn in Great Limber and The Ship In Barnoldby-Le-Beck.

Where to buy Both towns have some especially fine late-Victorian and Edwardian homes. In Grimsby: the neighbourhood around People’s Park, Park Drive especially, to Bargate, up to Abbey Road and south to Weelsby Road. In Cleethorpes: the avenues on and off Queens Parade. Decent terraces around Hainton Avenue. Suburbans around Waltham Road, Louth Road, south to Scartho and around Cleethorpes Country Park. Large detached and townhouses, £250,000-£600,000. Detached and smaller townhouses, £130,000-£250,000. Semis, £60,000-£340,000. Terraces and cottages, £25,000-£150,000. Flats, £25,000-£250,000. Rentals: a one-bedroom flat, £280-£580pcm; a three-bedroom house, £350-£750pcm

The Green spaces like People’s Park and Weelsby Woods are beautiful. There is are many great places to shop and eat. You can not beat Grimsby Fish and Chips.

Source the Guardian.




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