Site mooted for new Grimsby Town stadium was due to be Jubilee Wood
THE site being considered for Grimsby Town’s new football stadium was due to be turned into a Jubilee Wood.
The land between Weelsby Avenue and Peaks Parkway, in Grimsby, was one of five sites in North East Lincolnshire earmarked for planting schemes to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
But it was removed from the list earlier this year after the council identified the site as a potential replacement for Blundell Park, in Cleethorpes.
As reported, the council has signed a 12-month exclusivity agreement with Simons Developments, allowing the Lincoln-based developer to examine the commercial viability of the proposal – which also includes a retail development.
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Freshney Park in Grimsby has been chosen as the alternative location for a woodland, joining Spring Street and Coomb Briggs in Immingham, Westward Ho open space in Grimsby and Cleethorpes Country Park.
However, council bosses say the Weelsby Avenue site could still be turned into woodland if the football stadium development does not go ahead.
Ward councillor Andrew De Freitas (Lib Dem, Park), who has expressed his opposition to the stadium plan, described the decision to remove Weelsby Avenue from the list of proposed woodlands as “wrong”.
He said: “A woodland would have enhanced the area, which already has the cemetery and a garden of remembrance attached to the crematorium.
“It is a peaceful, tranquil area which people like to visit at weekends, and in built-up urban areas we need spaces like that.
“It is a very sad day when you start building on the strips of green land which separate a very busy road from a residential area.”
Councillor De Freitas also expressed concerns about the impact the retail element of the proposed development would have on businesses in the town centre. He said: “A large retail development on the outskirts of town will have a serious impact on the shops in the Victoria Street area of Grimsby.”
Meanwhile, allotment holders at Peaksfield Allotments, who will be forced to relocate if the stadium plan comes to fruition, are considering their next move. Lewis Haddock, 90, said the group was hoping to get the support of the National Allotment Society in fighting a legal battle against the proposal, for which no planning application has yet been submitted.
He said: “It is a crazy idea. There is a crematorium there and when someone sits down to think about a loved one they are going to hear the roar of the crowd celebrating a goal.
“For many people, the allotments are a way of life.
“My wife died last January and this is my life now. I go to the allotments every day.”