Grimsby is the latest area of the UK to be awarded Heritage Action Zone status which will provide funding to bring neglected town centre and docks buildings back to life.
Neglected buildings on Grimsby’s docks and town centre will be brought back into use after they were given special status. The sites will benefit from grant funding provided by Historic England after the town was chosen as one of the country’s latest so-called Heritage Action Zones.
There has been a five-year delivery plan, which promises to stimulate Grimsby’s economy and provide new employment opportunities. It is in the process of being prepared and will be delivered from spring in 2018 and onwards.
The Heritage Action Zone will form a significant part of the wider multi-million pound Greater Grimsby Town Deal. The town of Grimsby is changing with the new industries that are being seen in the town and all strands of work are being pulled together to truly transform the economic outlook for the town.
Grimsby is one of eight locations in the UK which have been chosen to become Heritage Action Zones and the scheme will be run by North East Lincolnshire Council and Historic England, with support from Associated British Ports.
Grimsby’s Heritage Action Zone stretches from the port to Wellowgate and over five years, it will bring neglected buildings back into use for employment and help to stimulate a revival of the town’s economy. Heritage Action Zones first came into being earlier in 2017 with the aim of unleashing power in England’s historic environment to create economic growth and improve quality of life in villages, towns and cities.
Working with local people and partners, Historic England hope to breathe new life into old places that are rich in heritage and full of promise, such as Grimsby Docks. The Council want to transform the Kasbah area of the docks, where the designation of a new conservation area has recently recognised the importance of historic smokehouses and other buildings associated with the fishing industry.
The programme aims to reconnect the town centre with the port by promoting re-use of historic buildings along Alexandra Dock. These include Victoria Mills, where North East Lincolnshire Council spent more than £2 million on urgent repairs, including grant-aid from Historic England. The building is now in public ownership and is set to make its own contribution to regeneration plans.