Monthly Archive 20th November 2020

Urgent appeal for your help – we must slow the spread

North East Lincolnshire’s leading local politicians have come together in a joint call to arms to local residents and businesses to combat the spread of Covid 19.

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Government’s green revolution plans welcomed

Key partners have welcomed Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s, 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution.

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Grimsby’s Heritage Action Zone projects update

THE reinvention of a notable Grimsby building into a multi-million-pound Youth Zone is the key piece of a jigsaw puzzle, which is being completed as part of the town’s new Heritage Action Zone (HAZ).

Those behind the HAZ have welcomed the latest £1m funding boost that has been gifted by renewables giant Ørsted to Grimsby Youth Zone, a new youth charity being developed by OnSide Youth Zones.

The converted Grade II listed West Haven Maltings in the centre of Grimsby will become home to the new Youth Zone. When complete by the end of 2022, a ‘new haven’ will be created for thousands of young people, providing them with somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to, 7 days a week.

As reported, Grimsby Youth Zone will provide over 20 activities every day including indoor climbing, sports, arts, drama, music, media and cooking as well as employability and enterprise programmes, which will see specialist youth workers and partners support young people.

For the team behind the HAZ and the North East Lincolnshire councillors who support it, this is a perfect way to make use of a redundant building, which sits at the Zone’s heart.

It also complements the work that is being done or is planned in other key areas that fall within the HAZ, which include the next-door Garth Lane, St James’ Square, Corporation Road Bridge and the Kasbah area on the docks.

The HAZ is a 2.5km stretch running from 17-19 Wellowgate to St James’ Square, along the main town shopping area of Victoria Street, across Riverhead Square and onto Garth Lane bridge. It then passes West Haven maltings and onto Victoria Mills and up to the docks and the Kasbah.

Partnerships have been built over many months between North East Lincolnshire Council, its regeneration partner ENGIE, central Government, private companies such as Associated British Ports and local and national organisations including Historic England, the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust and Grimsby Cleethorpes and District Civic Society.  Such co-operation has seen grant monies secured to an unprecedented level, with Historic England representatives amongst regular visitors and advocates of the on-going work.

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership; The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government through the Grimsby Town Deal; the Cultural Development Fund (funded bythe Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and administered by Arts Council England); the Department of Transport,theNational Lottery Heritage Fund and Architectural Heritage Fund are all supporting the projects now underway – proof indeed of the faith they place in the town, its leaders and their aspirations.

So, what do we have along that 2.5km HAZ stretch?

St James’ Square: Arguably the most important public building in Grimsby, the Minster sits adjacent to this green space, where a major transformation is well underway. The Minster itself has recently been awarded £182,900 through the DCMS Covid Recovery Fund.

Victoria Street and the Riverhead: The HAZ passes through this area on its way to Garth Lane and in doing so, it may be easy to overlook some of the fantastic buildings that are a representation of the town’s past. Have you seen the architecture above the McDonald’s sign on Victoria Street?

Garth Lane and the West Haven Maltings: As already highlighted this area is central to the HAZ and is the site of two important projects – the OnSide Youth Zone and the transformation of Garth Lane. The latter is well underway with plans passed for the installation of a new 5m wide footbridge along with new planting and environmental schemes, and fresh green spaces where people can sit and enjoy a revitalised area leading down to the River Freshney.

Corporation Road Bridge: This town landmark, which is listed, is receiving almost £5m for vital repair work, which is crucial to ensuring its long-term viability. This work is due to begin next year.

The Kasbah area of Grimsby Docks: After crossing the bridge you find Victoria Mills, the former electricity and steam powered corn mill. You then approach the docks, where the Kasbah is sited, on land owned by ABP. The Kasbah area was a commercial hub of activity in the fishing industry’s heyday and is described by Historic England’s principal advisor for historic places, Clive Fletcher, as ‘truly unique’.

“The Kasbah’s historic buildings are not only symbols of the past but opportunities for the future. With a little imagination and investment, Grimsby’s heritage is poised to release new economic vitality and pride in the town,” he said on a visit to the town.

Grant funding is now available to assist businesses to locate and develop here. Successes include the awarding of almost £1m to the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust, (GGIFT) from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Transforming Places Through Heritage programme, to transform the redundant Peterson’s Smokehouse building on Henderson Street.  The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, (DCMS), is also investing in a Creative Industries Workspace here, via Arts Council England’s Cultural Development Fund, being led by the Council’s Grimsby Creates team.

Meanwhile, existing businesses, such as the 2020 Great British Food award-winner Alfred Enderby, continue to thrive on The Kasbah.

Summing up the major investment into Great Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire Council leader Cllr Philip Jackson, said: “We sit on the brink of major opportunity here and it is the responsibility of ourselves, our stakeholders and partners to ensure it does not slip through our grasp. We know our town has much that is Great and now is the time for its reinvention.”

For more on the projects, visit www.investnel.co.uk

Article from NELC.

Could you help shape the future of our borough?

A multi-agency survey is being launched for people in North East Lincolnshire to have their say on the future of the borough.

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Building improvement grant for Grimsby Minster

GRIMSBY Minster has received a further £81,860 funding boost from central Government as it looks to bounce back to full health in the wake of the continued pandemic.

Successful in its application for £182,900 from one arm of the Culture Recovery Fund last month, the Grade I listed building is one of 450 heritage organisations that has now received monies from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund.

Overall, the Culture Recovery Fund is investing £1.57bn in important buildings, sites, and visitor attractions across the country. Almost 100 churches and cathedrals have been awarded monies from this latest Stimulus Fund, which is administered by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund

The Minster’s will be used for essential building improvements. These include high level masonry, parapet gutters and internal plaster work repairs. The defunct boiler will also be replaced along with an eco-friendly zoned heating system.

Delighted to receive further financial help towards the upkeep of the Minster, The Venerable Mark Steadman, Archdeacon of Stow and Lindsey said:

“Grimsby Minster is a vitally important building, sitting as it does in the centre of a town that is currently undergoing positive change.

“Rewarded with Minster status in 2010 in recognition of its commitment to the community, everyone involved in this wonderful building takes huge pride in its close links with the people of the town. Monies such as those received in the last two months will help in the work to further those links, whilst maintaining the fabric of the building,” he added.

Meanwhile the Minster team continues to be consulted on the on-going work to transform St James’ Square – both lie within Grimsby’s Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), a 2.5km stretch from this area to the Kasbah that includes some of the town’s most important heritage structures.

With work progressing well the Square is due to be completed on schedule early in the new year. Contractors, under the management of North East Lincolnshire’s regeneration partner ENGIE, are currently focused upon the installation of new lighting columns.

The ‘centrepiece’ Scoutmoor Yorkstone labyrinth is now complete with paving work, in the same material, taking place.  The Fishermen’s Memorial Statue is due to be returned following cleaning, and new landscaping, seating and CCTV will create a family-friendly, public space suitable for events.

Art and cultural works are also progressing well with artists Annabel McCourt and Adrian Riley working with Grimsby organisation Our Big Picture to bring unique artistic pieces to the Square. This is being carried out under the main Grimsby Creates banner – the Cultural Development Fund-supported programme to encourage the participation in, and appreciation of, arts and culture across North East Lincolnshire.

Supporting the Minster and pleased with the Square’s progress, North East Lincolnshire Council’s cabinet member for heritage, Cllr Callum Procter, said: “It is wonderful news for the Minster with the work complementing the significant improvements taking place elsewhere. There now seems to be real momentum and a real desire in all quarters to make true and positive change across Grimsby town centre.”

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Boost to creative support and business development

The creative sector in North East Lincolnshire has received a boost to its business development activities with the latest appointment through the Grimsby Creates programme.

CDI Alliance, working in a consortium with local expertise and resource provided by Sector Support North East Lincolnshire , Event Show Support CIC, Docks Academy and Centre4, has been appointed to drive the local business development activities to support the creative sector.

CDI Alliance, a consultancy specialising in Creative, Digital & Innovation, has previously, designed and delivered bespoke business development programmes across Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Humber and Lancashire working with pre-start-ups, start-ups and scale up businesses to help them grow.

Along with local delivery partners, and advocates from local creative entrepreneurs, CDI Alliance will deliver showcase and specialist events, networking opportunities, mentoring activities, and individual business support.

Support will be available across North East Lincolnshire for the whole range of creative businesses who are looking to develop their business/industry knowledge, or increase their income from their creative talents, or start/grow a business. 

Additionally, GIFHE students will be supported through specific and targeted programmes for creative individuals as part of their studies. Individual and online mentoring will be available for students who want their future in the creative industries to help them reach their potential. Students will also be able to access group talks, workshops and webinars, complementing the existing work on the campus.

For those students who are considering setting up a creative business, there will be a programme of more intensive business and enterprise skills support.

Guy Lewis, Director at CDI Alliance, said: “We’re really excited to have been appointed to deliver this programme. Each type of creative industry, such as architecture, IT, fashion, photography, theatre and TV will be able to access specific and tailored business support. We’ve got some really exciting plans to bring our well-developed links from Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, and further afield to help support and grow Creative Industries businesses in the area.”

Cllr Callum Procter, Cabinet member for culture, said: “Through the Cultural Development Fund, we’re looking to put the building blocks in place to create a healthy, active community of creative people, whether micro or small size businesses, self-employed or freelancers, who can showcase their talents to the area and beyond. This active business development programme will also help to show young people that a job in the creative sector is something that can be a real life choice.”

James Trowsdale, Strategic Lead for Culture at the council said: “There’s strong and well-established business support organisations in our area already, who continue to deliver fantastic support across a range of sectors.  This new service for the creative sector will provide bespoke and intensive support to the creative sector who face some unique challenges to grow their business’

It’s expected that the new service from CDI Alliance will begin in November 2020 and will operate until March 2023 as part of the Grimsby Creates programme.

Grimsby Creates is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and administered by Arts Council England as part of the Cultural Development Fund (CDF).

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Big win for environmental services teams and their response to first lockdown

North East Lincolnshire Council’s Environmental Services teams won big at the awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management.

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Grimsby’s future plans submitted to Government

SEVEN major projects in the heart of Grimsby have been submitted to Central Government as part of the Town Investment Plan.

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Almost 70,000 homes now using new bins

Almost 70,000 homes in North East Lincolnshire are now using a pair of new recycling bins.

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Riverhead Square development plans approved

A plan to reinvent Grimsby’s Riverhead Square into a safe and attractive ‘heart of the town centre’ has been approved by councillors following a £1m funding boost from central Government.

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