Future of derelict Grimsby site hopeful following workshop

Future of derelict Grimsby site hopeful following workshop

A flurry of ideas was seen at a workshop focused on opportunities available for a long-derelict site in Grimsby.

The site, which is land on Freeman Street, has seen the YMCA take up residence on part of the site, and locals were quick to voice their ideas. The idea was to make use of the space, as the demolition of the office block and empty shops creates opportunity.

The YMCA formed a new Humber headquarters on part of the land, where they offer a warm space, a pensioner’s lunch, and a host of other activities and events.

The workshop, hosted by site owners the Enrolled Freemen of Grimsby, discussed potential uses for the remaining space, up to the market. The YMCA reportedly came from a similar workshop held in 2018.

Architect Mark Hodson spoke at the workshop, highlighting the opportunities created by the three-acre strip, where he said

Lincolnshire Housing Partnership was interested in working on the site, with partners.

Presentations were made by North East Lincolnshire Council, East Marsh United, Care Plus Group, Grimsby Town FC and its Sports and Education Trust, the YMCA, Freeman Street Market, and the NSPCC.

The workshop also discussed a ‘Renewables Exploratorium’, engaging young people in the town’s emerging industries.

Attendees discussed Grimsby and Freeman Street, including what was needed in terms of arts, culture, and sports, and what should be built on the vacant land. Health, education, green space, and sports facilities, including a new stadium for Grimsby Town, were all proposed.

Those attending the workshop agreed to meet again in three months to look at progress and discuss specific ideas further.

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