Grimsby

£1.5m to refurbish Grimsby car park

More than £1.5 million will be spent on revamping a Grimsby car park in an effort to attract more shoppers and visitors into the town centre.

North East Lincolnshire Council have approved the plans to which will see work carried out on Abbey Walk multi-storey car park.

The authority argued that the building is in need of investment to make it more “customer friendly” for shoppers, town centre staff and visitors.

It added that the car park also has a reputation for anti-social behaviour which gives a negative reputation for the town.

The work to the multi-storey will include structural repairs to the roof, installing a new lift and new dome cameras to replace the current 22 CCTV in the building.

In total, the scheme will cost the council £1.54 million.

The authority will borrow £1.34 million to fund the project with a further £200,000 coming from a local transport grant.

But the council said that the improvements made could help increase revenue from the car park of around £34,000 a year.

Councillor Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for transport at the council, said that the work is essential to “brighten up” the building and attract people into Grimsby.

“It’s one of the largest car parks in the town,” he said.

“It will attract more people into the town centre and help to improve the offering of the car park.”

He added that the cost of improving the site would only increase if nothing was done about the building.

The move comes as the authority is looking to regenerate the Greater Grimsby area and improve the town centre.

Last month, the leader of the council signed off on a £67 million Grimsby Town Deal which is set to bring investment, 8,000 jobs and 10,000 homes to the area.

Ministers said the deal will see Grimsby “lead by example”  in getting more towns to propose their own regeneration projects.

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