Grimsby and Scunthorpe both share in £1bn High Street funding

Both Grimsby and Scunthorpe are among an additional 50 towns to get a slice of the government’s £1 billion Future High Streets Fund.

Each town will receive up to £150,000 to support the development of detailed project proposals.  These proposals can be submitted for capital funding.

The idea of the fund is to re-energise and transform even more of our high streets – helping them to attract new businesses, boost local growth, and create new infrastructure and jobs.

The scheme was launched in December 2018, and this latest extension to the shortlist comes on the back of the £3.6 billion Towns Fund announced in July 2019.

Scunthorpe aims to capitalise on its reputation as a historic heart of the iron industry.  Redeveloping the former Market site is one possibility being considered.  This has been empty since the opening of the new St John’s Market earlier this year.

Regeneration is ongoing in several parts of Grimsby, including Freeman Street where its Market has recently been nominated for a Great British High Street award.  Read our earlier story on that here

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Mary Vickers moved to North East Lincolnshire in 2010, from the Wiltshire/Hampshire border, to become Urban and Industrial Chaplain NELincs. Made redundant in 2017, she's maintained many of her connections within the business, faith, and other local communities. She's also decided to stay here rather than return to either the south or her husband's native Yorkshire, so that she can continue to enjoy and help promote the positives of NELincs.

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