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Grimsby council services relocated for housing

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North East Lincolnshire Council is looking to relocate authority-run services in Grimsby in an effort to make room for more housing.

The council wants to move its current facilities on Doughty Road and Gilbey Road to one site.

Recommendations will be put to the authority’s executive meeting next week to approve the development of a business case and to consider potential location for the new facility.

The move to one site would also release the land at Doughty Road which is identified for housing and economic development under the recently adopted local plan.

The site currently accommodates such council services as highway maintenance, security services and clinical waste collection.

But North East Lincolnshire Council has said that the site is “no longer fit for purpose” due to its condition and staff facilities which the authority deems to fall below its standards.

The authority added that the condition of the Gilbey Road building is poor and is restricted by the surrounding land which is owned by Associated British Ports.

Members of the council’s cabinet will also consider the creation of a satellite site in the borough for a new community recycling facility.

Currently, Gilbey Road and a site in Immingham are used as community recycling centres.

Councillor Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for environment, transport and energy, said that the move could help improve council efficiency.

He said: “We’re considering a report at the next cabinet meeting that asks for a business case to be put together that looks at the pros and cons of relocating our two operational depots to one site along with moving the community recycling centre at Gilbey Road.

“Moving to a single site has the potential to help improve efficiency, release land for redevelopment in the town centre and provide better facilities for staff.

“Subject to the decision on Monday, we are also set to look at the possibility of opening a third community recycling centre to help improve this service and make it easier to recycle.”

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