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. These proposals have now been agreed by North East Lincolnshire’s Cabinet at its meeting on 11 March.
St James Square will also become the starting point of the Heritage Trail, linking the town centre to the Kasbah.
Cllr Peter Wheatley, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “St James Square is a focal point in Grimsby for a lot of arts-based activities. We have talked with people about what they wanted to see there, and the new plans for the area are very exciting. Once this is created, there will be a lovely space for cultural activities in the town – all part of our long-term plans for Grimsby town centre.”
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.
Work will start on the St James Square project in Autumn 2019.