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Breathing new life into fishermen’s cottages

WORK to provide ten new homes on the site of the former Grimsby Fishermen’s Cottages has begun thanks to new owners, Galaxy of Homes.

Breathing new life into fishermen’s cottages

The firm is investing millions of pounds in Grimsby with an estimated £20 million by 2020 and aiming to make the historic cottages a flagship.

Contractors are on site creating modern homes in The Square and the first home is due to be ready within weeks.

It was previously owned by the Grimsby Sailors and Fishing Charity and is made up of 20 linked single storey homes, with a further ten properties on Castle Street. It was occupied in the town’s fishing heyday by mariners, including many who worked on the trawlers.

However, over the years, as the industry has declined, the one-bedroom homes have become less popular, with high vacancy rates.

Now entrepreneurial accountants, husband and wife team, Vikash and Madhurita Jayaswal are breathing new life into the old cottages.

They have bold plans to transform them into plush new homes with all mod cons and private gardens.

The rear gardens will replace the communal area and improve security.

These will be the forerunners and become like show homes for the rest of the vision for housing the pioneering couple foresee for the East Marsh.

Mr Jayaswall said the layout of the one-bedroom cottages will be transformed.

He said: “It will make better use of the space. We are plastering all the walls and having laminate flooring and make them more open plan with a kitchen area at the front.

“There will be underfloor heating. We can then turn the back into the bedroom with en-suite facilities.

“This way they will become a flagship for all the other homes we are developing.”

The wall will be tiled and there will be USB sockets throughout the ten homes the couple purchased for £225,000.

Mr Jayaswall said: “We are delighted to have the ten cottages. The plan is to make them into really nice and modern one-bedroom apartments.

“Hopefully this will maintain the heritage of the area and people will like them.”

The private gardens will have complete makeovers with patio area, gravel area and grassed area.

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