March 16, 2023 10.30 am This story is over 11 months old

Workers at Grimsby Community Recycling Centre are creating a Mother’s Day / Mariners mashup for to celebrate this weekend.

They’ll be dressing up as daffodils and giving a bunch of flowers to all mums who visit the site to recycle things they no longer need.

As well as Mother’s Day, the team are also getting behind Grimsby Town FC as they prepare for their FA Cup quarter-final clash against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Site staff have made tyre characters in Grimsby’s black and white kit and even made their own Harry Haddocks.

Harry Haddocks on display as Grimsby Town look to continue their FA Cup fairytale. | Photo: North East Lincolnshire Council

Their decorations are attracting national attention and they welcomed BBC Breakfast sports presenter Mike Bushell to the site on Tuesday evening.

Mike and a crew from the BBC filmed the team for a segment due to air on Saturday morning’s Breakfast show.

Grimsby tip is no stranger to national attention. Their tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II went viral after it was Tweeted by BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine.

And last year, staff at Grimsby and Immingham Tips won Best Civic Amenity Site at the national awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management.

Grimsby and Immingham CRCs are open daily from 8am to 6pm. Both sites are run by North East Lincolnshire Council’s waste management contractor Newlincs Development Ltd.

Mothers who attend the tip at all this weekend will be given a free bunch of daffodils. | Photo: North East Lincolnshire Council

Troy Grady, from the site, said: “We’re celebrating Mother’s Day by giving a bunch of daffodils to all mums who visit the Grimsby recycling centre this weekend.

“We’re doing it for a good cause, we’re raising money for Women’s Aid. Come on down, bring us your recycling and pick up a bunch of flowers.”

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport at the Council, added: “The award-winning staff at Grimsby and Immingham tips do a brilliant job and always rise to the occasion when there’s something to celebrate.

“It could be very quiet on Sunday afternoon, so if you’re not watching the football, it’s probably a good time to visit with your recycling.”

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March 15, 2023 5.02 pm This story is over 11 months old

In the Chancellor’s budget today, North East Lincolnshire Council’s bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund to support the remodelling of Grimsby Town Centre has been approved.

This is on top of the successful Levelling Up Fund bid for Cleethorpes Town Centre announced last month.

The £20million, secured for Grimsby Town Centre, will be used for the Freshney Place Market Hall and Leisure project, which received planning permission earlier this year.

As reported, North East Lincolnshire Council now owns the Centre and wants to recreate it as a multi-use venue with a variety of retail, cinema, and leisure for the whole community. The multi-million-pound scheme at its western end is a major step towards that aim.

Philip Jackson, leader of the Council, is now confident that this major step change for Grimsby’s urban centre will help shape the future of the town.

“We’re delighted that Government has worked with us to help us deliver our plans for Freshney Place and the new market, and securing the LUF money for the scheme is fantastic.

| Photo: Leslie Jones Architecture/NELC

“In the feedback we received on the bid, Government said that they understood our plans, and the strategic fit of the purchase of the shopping centre with the future plans for the town. They also praised the work we’d done to involve local people and businesses on the plans to date.

“Our ambition is real, and matches that of the people of the borough who have engaged with us, and helped us shape the future of our town.”

The work done at Freshney Place to deliver the new market, cinema and leisure space will be complemented by the plans for the Riverhead area, which is due to start on site next week, the OnSide Horizon Youth Zone, and St James’ House – with St James Square and Garth Lane already benefiting from significant investment.

The projects announced in the budget, additional to the Round 2 allocations, were described as “high quality” and will commence delivery later this year. The budget goes on to say that investment has been targeted towards the left-behind places in the Levelling Up White Paper.

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