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This is when £4.1m redevelopment of Grimsby town centre will be complete

A huge £4.1 million redevelopment of four key areas of Grimsby town centre has officially been given the go ahead - and it will be completed in just over two years' time.

This is when £4.1m redevelopment of Grimsby town centre will be complete

Members of North East Lincolnshire Council's (NELC) cabinet met yesterday afternoon at Grimsby Town Hall to rubber stamp the ambitious plans for Riverhead Square, Cartergate, St James Square and Town Hall Square.

The programme, which will be delivered by March 2020, has been funded through a successful £3.682 million bid from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (Humber LEP) and £450,000 from the council itself.

Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for regeneration, assets, skills and housing, said: “We have recently completed some landmark projects in the town centre and have had complementary investment from the private sector.

"Along with our partners, and our joint working on the Greater Grimsby Town Deal, there are some important projects in planning which will make a significant difference to our town centre.”

Councillor Wheatley added that a public consultation will take place once the final plans are put together in January next year.

NELC expects that through this programme, and associated investment, around 222 jobs will be created on the back of around £30 million of private sector investment.

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP said: “This additional Growth Deal investment to support Grimsby town centre’s regeneration will help to secure further private sector investment and jobs for the town.

"North East Lincolnshire Council put forward a strong case for this funding and the LEP Board was pleased to back their plans.”

As reported, the multi-million pound project involves the flattening of St James House, as well as "public realm improvements to St James Square to support the mixed use redevelopment of the site."

The programme will also include:

Riverhead Square – infrastructure and public realm works including an enhanced pedestrian link between Riverhead Square and Alexandra Dock to support delivery of the £20m cinema/leisure development at Riverhead Square 
Town Hall Square – extension of the public realm improvements in Osborne Street to Town Hall Square to enhance the amenity of the area and increase vibrancy 
Cartergate – enhanced pedestrian and vehicular access to the site to unlock development of the land adjoining the recently completed office building

The plans will pave the way for the delivery of the highly anticipated £20m cinema and restaurant complex. 

It would also contribute to the Greater Grimsby Town Deal, a £100m investment plan, creating 5,400 jobs, 7,700 new homes to boost our local economy by more than £216 million.

This involves a sports and leisure plan for the recently bought Victoria Mills, as well as further land acquisitions to create improved residential, business and education opportunities, eventually stretching to the Kasbah on Grimsby Docks.

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