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Modification works to Ainslie Street Park footpath officially complete

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Modification works to Ainslie Street Park footpath officially complete

The modification works to the footpath in Grimsby’s Ainslie Street Park are now complete.

North East Lincolnshire Council and ENGIE hired contractors to raise the footpath above previous levels of standing water in the park, and the area is now once again fully open to the public.

The natural spring in the park contributes to the standing water, as well as parts of the park being prone to flooding after heavy rainfall.

The work to pump away the ground water and raise the footpath above the standing water began in April, with the new footpath designed to sit higher than future expected water levels in the park.

A statement from North East Lincolnshire Council reads: “Ainslie Street Park used to be a cemetery and this prevents any form of excavation to improve the drainage.

“The decision to raise the existing footpath ensures Ainslie Street Park’s historical cemetery and existing ecology are well considered and respected.

“The Council continues to advise people to keep out of the standing water when it occurs.”

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Parts of Ainslie Street Park are prone to flooding after heavy rain. We are limited on the work we can do in the area because it used to be a cemetery.

“Last year we tried pumping away the standing water to try to lower the levels of standing water, but it made little difference.

“Raising the height of the footpath means people can continue to enjoy the park, but please stay out of the standing water.”

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