St James Square and Grimsby Minster are key features in the town centre and part of the town’s rich heritage. Together with the surrounding buildings, they create a tranquil and enclosed green space which is ideal for hosting open air and cultural events.
A new project aims to improve this area and create a vibrant community area that complements Grimsby Minster’s role as a heritage and arts centre.
The project has been supported with £1.3m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, secured by the Humber LEP and part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.
At an engagement event last month, and through online consultation, residents, local businesses and interest groups were given the chance to have their say on two proposed designs for the future use of St James Square.
During the engagement events and through an online survey, a total of 279 comments were received. Although there was a preference for Option 2, features from Option 1 were also supported and will therefore be incorporated in the final scheme.
The result is a multi-activity space that will cater for both daily users and visitors as well as large events. Features will include a tiered seating area, improved pathways and a labyrinth.
St James Square will also become the starting point of the Heritage Trail, linking the town centre to the Kasbah.
Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP said: “This scheme is an exciting opportunity to make the most of Grimsby’s Heritage Action Zone and create a valued public space that can be enjoyed by all. By making these improvements to St. James Square, the area will be given an increased vibrancy, which will encourage further investment.”
There are two phases to the project and the first phase will focus on improving the public space and area in St James Square. Phase two will focus on the re-development of St James House.
If agreed at Cabinet, work will start on the St James Square project in Autumn 2019.
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Notes to editors
“Local Growth Fund”
Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone.
That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.
Analysis has shown that every £1 of Local Growth Fund invested could generate £4.81 in benefits.
If you would like some further facts about the Fund, or the wider regeneration work going on across the country, please contact DCLG press office by emailing NewsDesk@communities.gsi.gov.uk in the first instance to request any additional information you might need.
Some additional key facts:
- There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England
- The government has awarded £9.1bn in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic growth.
- LEPs are investing in a wide range of projects informed by detailed analysis of the most pressing economic needs in each of their areas, including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.
Some Northern Powerhouse key facts:
- The Northern Powerhouse is a key aspect of this Government’s approach to addressing the productivity gap in the North and ensuring a stronger, more sustainable economy for all parts of the UK.
- The government has awarded £3.4bn in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Northern Powerhouse.
- 17 Enterprise Zones across the North have already attracted £1.3bn of private sector investments and helped attract nearly 9,000 jobs since 2012.