Retail store included in new Grimsby Town stadium plans
THE potential location for Grimsby Town's new stadium will include a retail facility, it has been announced.
As revealed in the Grimsby Telegraph last week, an area of land bordering Peaks Parkway has been outlined as a possible relocation site for Blundell Park.
We reported how informal discussions had begun between the club, the council and Lincoln-based Simons Developments Limited.
Today, it has been announced that it is the publicly-owned 22.7-hectare plot that sits between the Parkway and Weelsby Avenue.
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It is mainly green space, but also houses redundant council buildings and allotments, and is near to Oasis Academy Wintringham, which recently joined forces with the Mariners for a School of Excellence.
Over the coming months, Simons will work alongside Grimsby Town Football Club to "investigate the viability of the site" for a community stadium capable of supporting both the professional game and also community sports use.
The development of a new retail facility – possibly a food store – will also be examined.
Club director John Fenty said: "It is a breath of fresh air.
"The formalisation of this partnership follows three years of working with the council in an attempt to procure a sustainable relocation for Grimsby Town Football Club PLC away from Blundell Park.
"The objective is to create a community stadium complex serving future generations with the intention of building on the club's massively successful programmes, such as Football in the Community, raising self-esteem in young people, tackling obesity and smoking.
"Naturally, it's not a done deal as there are issues to resolve such as planning permission and closing the funding gaps and so on, but it's a site which is owned by the council and that, in itself, is helpful.
"The proposed location sits centrally between Grimsby and Cleethorpes and offers good access by foot, public transport and car.
"Congestion of the roads should not be an issue as programmed football matches fall outside of the time when there is peak traffic flows.
"This site is not without complexities and substantial consideration has been given to the location and its relationship to the crematorium.
"The club is well-used to supporting families through difficult times when they have lost loved ones and realise the potential sensitivity of the matter and will do all that it can in this regard to protect peace and tranquillity of scheduled services.
"Football fixtures do not clash with crematorium operations and this project has the potential to help address current issues of accessibility and parking during services with potentially new site access and additional parking provision."
Luke Pickering, of Simons, added: "The site is an excellent one for development, with a very prominent frontage to one of the major roads and the fact that it has the support of NELC is important in enabling us to attract a major food store.
"We are delighted to be working with John Fenty and GTFC who have shown a high degree of professionalism and determination to achieve their stated aim of having a community stadium for the 21st century."
The firm will report back to North East Lincolnshire Council's cabinet with their findings during the next 12 months.