The three projects designed to bring up to 14,000 new jobs in Grimsby and North East Lincolnshire - but how likely are they?
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 26 Feb 2018
Major investment to generate much-needed new jobs and regeneration in and around Grimsby are a key platform of the council budget.
Before North East Lincolnshire Council’s budget meeting collapsed in deadlock on Friday, Labour leader Ray Oxby highlighted regeneration and investment as a key focus for the council in the coming year.
And three schemes in particular are designed to kick-start the economy in the region. Here we look at what they are and what jobs or developments they will bring.
The South Humber Industrial Programme (SHIIP) is a huge £42m project the council believes will generate thousands of local jobs, link up our ports and protect the local environment.
To help trigger the ambitious project, the council has committed £23.6 million of investment.
The SHIIP programme is a five year plan which hopes to produce tangible results in business and jobs by the early 2020s.
It will focus on these key aims:
- Provide hundreds of acres of land for development
- Develop a new business park at Stallingborough
- A new Humber Link Road joining the ports of Grimsby and Immingham
- Generate between 3,411 and 8,675 jobs
- Improve the local economy by between £136m and £347m GVA (Gross value added)
The South Humber Industrial Investment Programme (SHIIP) is designed to generate thousands of new jobs
As a result, the council says anticipated income for the project is expected to be at least £92.7m over 20 years.
NELC says on top of its own investment, funding for the projects has come from various sources – the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and European Regional Development Funds as well as North East Lincolnshire Council.
Planning submissions are expected to be submitted in the first half of this year with construction and development work completed by 2020.
Greater Grimsby Town Project
This flagship regeneration and investment project is designed to change the face of central Grimsby bringing new homes, businesses, retail and jobs into the heart of the town and the old harbour.
The plan is to transform the ‘place offer’ through the development of a new higher education presence, waterfront housing and cultural and leisure facilities through the redevelopment of historic sites including the Silo at Victoria Mills and the Kasbah at the Port of Grimsby.
Its key aims are to:
- To grow the local economy by than £216-million per year
- Create up to 5,400 jobs across the Enterprise Zones and other key employment sites
- Build 7,700 new homes
- Increase North East Lincolnshire’s contribution to UK plc
Greater Grimsby Project: clockwise from bottom left: New cinema development; Frederick Ward Way crossing; National Fishing Heritage Centre; Alexandra Dock 'framework' zone; Victoria Mills.
Backed by private business in the town and the public sector it is dependent on joint investment from the council, private sector and government. A key element is the regeneration o old harbour areas with support from heritage England to tap into the town’s rich maritime history.
Councillor Oxby has described the project as a “game-changer” for Grimsby. However, despite optimism when it was unveiled last year with the support of Prime Minister Theresa May, the noise surrounding the project has now become more subdued.
There are concerns it has now slipped down the government’s priority list although in Whitehall, government aides insist there is still enthusiasm for the project.
Discover Cleethorpes Heritage Townscape Heritage programme
This regeneration of Cleethorpes seafront is one that will definitely be going ahead, although on a much smaller scale than SHIIP or the Greater Grimsby Project.
However, more than £7 million is to be spent to help continue the transformation of the resort as a premier tourist and visitor attraction.
Inspired by the town’s Victorian heritage, the money will be spent on new street furniture, public art, atmospheric lighting, revamped Victorian balconies and street lamps, modern granite pavements and a pedestrianised Sea View Street.
There will also be a climbing wall and outside gym known as the 'North Promenade Fitness Zone'.
The money is coming from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the council and the Coastal Communities Fund.
Stretching from Isaacs Hill, along High Street and Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes Promenade and Sea View Street, the work will get underway in June and be carried out in seven defined phases.
Sea View Street will be partially pedestrianised
As a revamp and local regeneration project, the council has not put a figure on any jobs that could be created either through opportunities as the work is carried out or in the longer term.
However, the council believes the investment will provide significant spin-off jobs as Cleethorpes attracts more visitors with said it wants to make the town a place for people to "live, work, visit and invest".