Freeman Street regeneration plan gets council approval

Artist's impression of Freeman St plan The scheme would see the redevelopment of Freeman Street's shopping centre

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A plan to regenerate the rundown Freeman Street area of Grimsby has been approved by councillors.

The scheme includes redevelopment of the shopping centre, a new public park, housing renewal around Thesiger Street and a business and enterprise zone.

North East Lincolnshire Council has teamed up with Shoreline Housing Partnership and The Freemen of Grimsby to drive the regeneration.

A council spokesman said the partners were "keen to make swift progress".

'Very exciting'

The spokesman added: "Advanced discussions with the owners of significant sites are already taking place to enable visible results to be produced on the ground as a demonstration of the partners' commitment."

Geoff Lowis, portfolio holder for regeneration and housing, said: "This is a very exciting time.

"The framework will provide a clear direction enabling all of the partners and the community to do their bit in a co-ordinated way.

"We are confident that we will soon see the start of what will be a long-term, but worthwhile, project."

He added he was hoping other companies would now get involved with the plans to revamp the "historically-important" area.

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