Breathing new life into Freeman Street

The Enrolled Freemen of Grimsby, along with the YMCA, held an open event on 02 July, in order to more widely share their plans for regenerating Freeman Street.

Their proposals are a significant contribution not just to the renewal of the street but also to the regeneration of the wider East Marsh, and reawakening of an extended neighbourhood within Grimsby.

The demolition of buildings already undertaken has paved the way for an ambitious and transformational proposal to be developed by YMCA Humber.  This development will not only replace their current building on Peakes Lane with fresh, modern, purpose-built accommodation, but also provide much needed community space and resources, including access to a community garden.  Tuesday’s open day also showed plans for an adjoining area of community housing.

Phase two of the development includes the demolition of the remaining commercial units and the introduction of housing set above commercial/retail space.  This will be arranged around a 1 acre public park.

Visitors to the open day included residents, partners, local business owners, key stakeholders, and other interested parties.  Some took a virtual reality tour of the new YMCA premises, others simply looked at the plans, and many took the opportunity to discuss issues and ask questions.  Some with questions were reassured, and the majority expressed excitement at the plans.

Mary Vickers moved to North East Lincolnshire in 2010, from the Wiltshire/Hampshire border, to become Urban and Industrial Chaplain NELincs. Made redundant in 2017, she's maintained many of her connections within the business, faith, and other local communities. She's also decided to stay here rather than return to either the south or her husband's native Yorkshire, so that she can continue to enjoy and help promote the positives of NELincs.

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