Bid for £25m Grimsby town centre funding approved for submission

Bid for £25m Grimsby town centre funding approved for submission

Bid for £25m Grimsby town centre funding approved for submission

A major bid to Government for £25 million funding to help regenerate Grimsby town centre has been approved for submission by councillors today (Wednesday, July 15).

The proposals have been worked up jointly by the council and the owners of Freshney Place, supported by a range of specialists, to ensure any future scheme addresses the challenges being faced by town centres across the country.

The government has created the Future High Streets Fund with the objective to renew and reshape town centres and high streets to improve visitor experience, drive growth and ensure future sustainability.

If successful, the partners have impressive plans to “put the heart and soul back into Grimsby Town Centre” with a new cinema and food and beverage offers – together with a redeveloped market hall and new public square.

The vision is to develop an evening economy for the town, increase leisure activities and draw in more visitors.

In identifying the site for investment, extensive research was undertaken which examined areas that could be improved to generate transformational change, which is a key requirement for securing the grant monies.

The location proposed comprises the western side of Victoria Street, incorporating the former BHS building, Flottergate Mall, Grimsby Top Town Market and Old Market Square.

Councillor Philip Jackson, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Pulling this bid together is a monumental piece of work, and I’d like to thank everyone involved for the work put in so far. The vision for the town centre is really exciting, and really complements the work on the ground at the moment at St James’ Square and Garth Lane.”

The final bid will be submitted to Government at the end of July and successful bids are expected to be announced in the autumn.

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