Works begin on Monday to kickstart Riverhead Square regeneration

Paving work will begin on Monday to kickstart North East Lincolnshire Council’s development of Grimsby town centre and Riverhead Square regeneration.

The work, managed by the council’s regeneration partner ENGIE, will focus on a stretch from the Victoria Street end outside the Barge, up the riverside to the new paving that has already been laid as part of the ongoing Garth Lane project.

This will be the first phase of the developments funded by the £1m Government Accelerated Towns Fund grant, which was awarded to North East Lincolnshire Council at the beginning of the year.

The remainder of the £1m grant, along with additional funds from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s High Street Challenge Fund, will be used to put together full plans for the Riverhead Project and to purchase furniture, lighting columns and other items to be used within this section of town.

The initial £1m grant was only the precursor to this week’s impressive announcement in the Budget that Grimsby was one of 45 towns to be receiving more than £20m from the Towns Fund to regenerate the town centre.

At the other end of the Grimsby town centre, the area will benefit from £17.3m awarded by the Government’s Future High Streets Fund, which will be used to transform Old Market Square, Grimsby Top Town Market and Flottergate Mall. If the new plans are accepted by the Government, a purpose-built home for the market, a cinema and another leisure space will be built.

Back to the Riverhead Square regeneration, and the main improvements are currently being finalised. These will be submitted to the Government for formal approval as one of the main projects in which some of the money from the Towns Fund will be spent.

Initial artists impressions of the regenerated Grimsby town centre have already been released. They show how Riverhead Square could be transformed into a new public square, making use of its waterfront. The impressions also show new landscaping, lighting, street furniture and a river footbridge.

The paving work is set to be completed in early May.

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