More than £17million has been awarded to North East Lincolnshire to deliver sweeping changes to the heart of Grimsby, including a fresh home for Grimsby’s Top Town Market, a new cinema and leisure units nearby.
Following the initial submission in the summer of last year, it was revealed in December that the Council and its bid partner Freshney Place, had been successful in securing a provisional sum of £17.3m from the £1b Future High Streets Fund, (FHSF) – a Government programme inviting local authorities to bid for town centre regeneration funding.
This has now been confirmed, and work will now start on planning the delivery of this key project for the town centre in the coming years.
The wholescale transformational offer has been put together to deliver real change for Grimsby – helping the town adapt to changing visitor needs and requirements and making it a place for everyone to come together and enjoy.
Cllr Philip Jackson, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “The vision for the town centre is really exciting, and really complements the work that’s being done at St James’ Square and Garth Lane, which we’re looking forward to unveiling in the coming weeks.
“This latest confirmed funding for the town centre jigsaw will help bond all the new elements together so that there’s a revived space for people to enjoy living in, working in and visiting.
“Today’s confirmation is on top of the recent news about Grimsby receiving almost £21m through the Government’s Towns’ Fund and our area being selected to be part of the Freeports scheme as well.
“And with the Grimsby Creates work alongside the development in the town, people in the area will have lots to look forward to!
“These are landmark moments for our Borough’s businesses and residents.”
Amanda Austin, centre director Freshney Place Shopping Centre said: “We’re delighted that Grimsby has been awarded this funding and are satisfied that the plans will deliver both the leisure and hospitality facilities that will truly add value to the town and its community, building a strong platform for the future prosperity of the town.”
The scheme has been developed as a partnership scheme between the Council, Freshney Place and Capreon, the asset managers acting on behalf of the owners of Freshney Place.