Grimsby’s ‘unprecedented’ regeneration strategy gets £4m investment

The government will invest £4m into the Greater Grimsby Town Deal – which a minister has hailed as an ‘unprecedented’ regeneration strategy. 

The strategy was launched in July last year aimed at building a stronger relationship between central government and local partners and is focussed on skills and education to drive productivity across the region.

As part of the second phase of the Town Deal, North East Lincolnshire Council will work with national charity OnSide to develop a brand-new Youth Zone in Grimsby town centre.

OnSide currently successfully operates a national network of 12 Youth Zones across the UK with a number of others in the development pipeline.

The additional investment confirmed today will also support the development of the strategic Garth Lane site and brings the total public and private investment through the Town Deal to £88m, including £21m of new investment since the launch of the Town Deal in July 2018.

Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry today (11 July) unveiled the new investment today in the town.

He said: ‘The investment we’re making through the UK’s first Town Deal will help drive forward regeneration, create new opportunities for residents, young and old, and ensure the future for Grimsby is a bright and prosperous one.

‘This regeneration strategy builds on our work across the Northern Powerhouse and is an essential part of our modern Industrial Strategy, creating jobs and training opportunities, while supporting businesses across the North and the rest of the UK.’

Cllr Philip Jackson, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council added: ‘The Town Deal is acting as a catalyst to unlock a much wider regeneration programme for Grimsby Town Centre and the Port of Grimsby.’

In January, Grimsby received a share of the Cultural Development Fund (CDF) to invest in local culture, heritage and creative industries.

The CDF has been launched by the government to become ‘a catalyst for regeneration,’ with each area designing plans to strengthen the local arts sector, increase cultural access and provide greater opportunity for people to forge creative careers.

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