£1 million boost could see Riverhead work start in January

Grimsby town centre revamp

£1 million boost could see Riverhead work start in January

A £1 million funding boost from the government means work on reinventing Grimsby’s Riverhead Square could start in January.

The plan to transform the area into a safe and attractive ‘heart of the town centre’ will be considered by North East Lincolnshire Council at a Cabinet meeting next week (November 4).

The major redesign will be funded by some of a £25 million ringfenced Government Towns Fund allocation, however there is now an opportunity to start some work in January, as overall plans are finalised and submitted for formal release of the main amount of money.

This initial ‘phase one’ will use £1 million from the Government’s Accelerated Towns Fund – given to urban areas on the Towns Fund Programme to help improvement plans in the wake of coronavirus.

A little extra has also come from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s High Street Challenge Fund.

Designs have been released revealing a whole-scale concept to transform the square, which takes account of the views of local people who took part in a virtual public consultation this summer.

It shows how the Riverhead could be turned into a major new public square that makes use of its waterfront, providing a canopied events space with new landscaping, lighting, signage, river footbridge, enhanced facilities for public transport users and street furniture.

Work to improve the water quality in and around the Riverhead area is also planned, including a phased dredging programme.

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