£25m Grimsby town centre plan put before government
A major bid for £25 million funding to help regenerate Grimsby town centre has now been submitted to Government.
Successful bids are expected to be announced in the autumn.
As previously reported by Gi Media, the plans include a new cinema, new food and drink outlets – together with a redeveloped market hall and new public square.
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.
The vision is to develop an evening economy for the town, increase leisure activities and draw in more visitors with a better experience for the whole community.
The proposals have been worked up jointly by the council and the owners of Freshney Place, supported by a range of specialists with experience of the retail and leisure sectors 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.
Cllr 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.
“We want to take everyone with us as we progress this plan. Change is not just desirable to recreate our town centre, it is vital and this is Grimsby’s biggest and best chance to look at what is really required to create a new future and support wider local economic recovery.”