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Multi-million pound Youth Zone said to be key piece of jigsaw puzzle

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Multi-million pound Youth Zone said to be key piece of jigsaw puzzle

THE reinvention of a notable Grimsby building into a multi-million-pound Youth Zone is the key piece of a jigsaw puzzle, which is being completed as part of the town’s new Heritage Action Zone (HAZ).

Those behind the HAZ have welcomed the latest £1m funding boost that has been gifted by renewables giant Ørsted to Grimsby Youth Zone, a newyouth charity being developed by OnSide Youth Zones.

The converted Grade II listed West Haven Maltings in the centre of Grimsby will become home to the new Youth Zone.

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When complete by the end of 2022, a ‘new haven’ will be created for thousands of young people, providing them with somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to, 7 days a week.

As reported, Grimsby Youth Zone will provide over 20 activities including indoor climbing, sports, arts, drama, music, media and cooking as well as employability and enterprise programmes, which will see specialist youth workers and partners support young people.

For the team behind the HAZ and the North East Lincolnshire councillors who support it, this is a perfect way to make use of a redundant building, which sits at the Zone’s heart.

It also complements the work that is being done or is planned in other key areas that fall within the HAZ, which include the next-door Garth Lane, St James’ Square, Corporation Road Bridge and the Kasbah area on the docks.

The HAZ is a 2.5km stretch running from 17-19 Wellowgate to St James’ Square, along the main town shopping area of Victoria Street, across Riverhead Square and onto Garth Lane bridge.

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It then passes West Haven maltings and onto Victoria Mills and up to the docks and the Kasbah.

Historic England’s principal advisor for historic places, Clive Fletcher, says:

“The Kasbah’s historic buildings are not only symbols of the past but opportunities for the future”.

“With a little imagination and investment, Grimsby’s heritage is poised to release new economic vitality and pride in the town”.

Photo credit: Maddy McDonald.

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