Mixed views on £6m Grimsby Top Town revamp
THE planned £6 million transformation of Grimsby town centre has received a mixed response from Grimsby Telegraph readers. As revealed on Wednesday, work on redeveloping the Riverhead and Station Approach areas of the town will get underway in May. Here are some of your thoughts. Post your own online at www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk
"THERE is no doubt that we desperately need a new bus station. I cannot believe anyone could design a layout so badly – how did it get passed by our planning committee?
"At times there is gridlock, with buses unable to leave their bays. I am amazed that there has not been a serious accident with pedestrians taking the shortcut to their bus.
"We must get it right this time. There is a lot of money at stake, our money."
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"What would get the heart of Grimsby flowing again is a connecting road from New Street to Frederick Ward Way, and leave the bus station as is, serviceable."
"This is a great project, brings much-needed changes, and creates a smarter town centre.
"This project is more environmentally friendly with better access from trains and also buses with new electric boards, which will give more accurate times.
"There needs to be more projects like this which improve and create growth in the area. I look forward to when it's completed."
"Personally I feel £6 million (of our money) would do better down Freemo – get the shops reopened, get people back in work."
"What's the point? Remember when Riverside was built and it would 'transform' Grimsby town centre into a classy hub for people to meet and enjoy themselves.
"It's nice that they are taking an interest in trying to make town into a nice place, but it will just end up vandalised by the feral rat kids and drunks that frequent the area. It's a lost cause."
"When will some people realise that this is Grimsby and not some swanky suburb of Paris or the harbour in Monte Carlo?
"Do you seriously imagine families sitting around sipping cappuccino and shouting bravo to stilt walkers and jugglers on a sunny weekend?
"Will mime artists and talented portrait sketchers jostle for space amongst the performing dogs and pavement gymnasts?
"No, no, no, we all know the reality ... this is Grimsby."
"I don't understand their interpretation of the word bus station. Six million pounds will be wasted on moving a collection of bus shelters around. This idea does not constitute a transport hub.
"I'm all for investment, but yet again this is another opportunity lost.
"The area around the new bus shelters and unused cycle-ways and walkways will still be a no-go area for decent folk once night descends."
Keep checking your Grimsby Telegraph for an in-depth feature on what the changes will mean for bus passengers, taxi drivers and motorists.
In Wednesday's report, photographs of Betty Edge and Marian Holling were mixed up. We apologise for any confusion caused.