Work to begin on St James’ Square

Work to begin on St James' Square

Work to begin on St James’ Square

North East Lincolnshire Council have announced that works are set to begin on Grimsby‘s St James’ Square on June 8.

The £1.5m transformation is centred on creating a “family-friendly space in the heart of the town.”

Work had been scheduled to start in March but were delayed due to the coronavirus crisis.

However, some work was undertaken to remove three structurally damaged trees.

A project to provide art pieces for the Square has also already begun.

The main bulk of the works will involve a new planting scheme to open the Square up, new lighting, CCTV, street furniture, notice boards and planned landscaping.

The Fisherman’s Memorial Statue will remain as a key feature.

Final preparations are also being made for the re-construction of the area outside Grimsby Minster.

The Rector of Grimsby Canon Andrew Dodd praised the scheme, calling it an ‘exciting period’ for the future of both the Minster and the Square. He said:

“This is a wonderful opportunity to see the Square redeveloped as a real space for art and community activity with an appealing design that encourages such.

“It will become more open, accessible, safe and welcoming.

“It is intended to work with people from all different aspects of our community and that is just how it should be. All at the Minster welcome this.”

North East Lincolnshire Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration, Councillor John Fenty, added:

“There has long been a need to look at the design of the current Square and how it can be changed to create a space that encourages family use and enables the staging of events that are attractive for all.

“This project will realise that and is part of our major look at how we encourage such activity across Grimsby town centre with work also focusing on other areas, such as Garth Lane.”

The works are expected to take 42 weeks, during which, access will be restricted to parts of the square.

Access to the Minister and nearby shops will be maintained.

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