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Seven major projects set to transform the heart of Grimsby

Seven major projects set to transform the heart of Grimsby

Seven major projects set to transform the heart of Grimsby

SEVEN major projects in the heart of Grimsby are being put forward to receive a slice of £25 million Government cash.

Councillors are being asked to recommend that plans for the following should be finalised as part of a Town Investment Plan and be submitted to central Government by the end of this month:

  • The development of a new public square at Riverhead Square;
  • Better pedestrian and cycle loops to connect the town centre and Alexandra Dockside;
  • The next phase of development of Garth Lane towards the creation of a major new waterfront residential community;
  • Refurbishment of the Central Library to accommodate new uses, including the possibility for creating a new space for learning and innovation;
  • Development of Victoria Mill Quarter including enhancement to the waterfront, to attract new uses to this heritage part of the town;
  • Further regeneration of St James’ Quarter to complement the regeneration works currently being carried out;
  • A local grant programme for community and local business-based initiatives, which supports activity in the town centre.

Once the plan has been submitted, the next stage will be securing an ‘in-principle’ agreement with Government to begin the release of the £25 million, which has been ringfenced for Grimsby as part of the national ‘Town’s Fund’ programme.

As reported, Grimsby was a trailblazer for this initiative, which has now been extended to include 100 other urban centres.

The Greater Grimsby Town Board, comprising of business leaders, community representatives, MPs and public sector heads, steers the current ‘Town Deal’ activity and will continue to lead on this next crucial stage.

North East Lincolnshire Council leader Philip Jackson said consultation had shown people wanted to see a multi-use town centre, that made more of its waterfront and maritime heritage.

He said: “We all appreciate that our town centre, like many other urban areas across the country, does have its issues but we are determined that, with partner and residents’ support, we will take a long-term approach to re-inventing what we currently have.

“It is evident, and now more than ever, that town centres must evolve to offer a diverse range of attractions, which are safe for families to enjoy. That is what we are determined to do here.”

Separately, a decision on whether Grimsby town centre has been awarded a further £25 million of Future High Streets Fund money is due this autumn. This was a joint North East Lincolnshire Council and Freshney Place bid to transform the western end of the shopping centre, creating a new market hall and areas for leisure use.

Projects will be delivered in stages from late 2021 up to 2025.

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