Grimsby's St James' Square will be brought into the 21st Century with 'exciting' transformation

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 12 Mar 2019

St James Square and Grimsby Minster will be part of a multi-activity space that will cater for both daily users, visitors and large events.

The tranquil enclosed green space project aims to improve this area and create a vibrant community area that complements Grimsby Minster’s role as a heritage and arts centre.

St James Square will also become the starting point of the Heritage Trail, linking the town centre to the Kasbah.

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.

Work will start in the Autumn.

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.


The detailed proposed plans for St James Square redevelopment in Grimsby

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 a meeting on Monday.

Read more: Final masterplan revealed for transformation of Grimsby's St James Square

Councillor 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.”


The centre of the square would include a labyrinth carved into the floor similar to the one in Chartres Cathedral (Image: North East Lincolnshire Council)

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.”

Read more: Plans to revamp St James' Square in Grimsby 'could make people feel proud again'

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.

In cabinet, Councillor Wheatley said a cycle route will become part of the new design.

He told cabinet members: "We are looking at re-routing the cycle route. We will not be distracted by a few cyclists who ignore the rules of The Highway Code. There are quite a few who flout the law and the police do not have resources to enforce the law as it is 121st on their list of priorities."

He said the scheme, due to start in the autumn, "will bring the area into the 21st Century."

Councillor Dave Bolton said the project will help enhance the area and reduce anti-social behaviour.



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