“Work is on the ground in Grimsby Town Centre, now is the right time to start looking to the future once more.”
These are the words of Council Leader, Cllr Philip Jackson, as a new consultation gets underway to look once more about the future of Grimsby town centre.
The last Grimsby Masterplan was approved in 2020 and many of the projects have come forward and have either started or due to start imminently, including projects at Riverhead and St James House, and the Freshney Place and Top Town Market leisure scheme, due to start in the coming months.
Other schemes in development for delivery in the next few years include work to Grimsby Library, work to connect different parts of the town, deliver urban housing and work to activate the town centre and make use of empty properties.
“The Masterplan is a document that looks at the future of the town centre for up to 10 years,” continued Cllr Jackson. “As many of the current Masterplan projects are now underway, we need to start looking at new projects that may be suitable for coming forward in the future.
“The way that people will use the town centre in 10 years’ time will be different to how they use it now, but we need to have a plan in place that’s on the basis of what people want. We can then work up potential options and ideas and have this in place so that we can bid for funds as they become available.”
Many of the projects being delivered currently have been funded after bidding for central Government, including Levelling Up Fund and Towns Fund.
Projects can take several years to get to the point of delivery – finding out what local people want in the town centre (this stage), working these up into outline projects and costing these up, and then bidding for funds to deliver. Costs are always subject to change and review depending on inflation and other factors.
If you want to have your say, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/have-your-say and fill in the survey online.
The Masterplan questionnaire is open until 30 September, after which ideas and plans will be drawn together and fed into the Masterplan update.