Grimsby Telegraph article on our recent art consultation

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Get creative and help to transform underpass in Grimsby

RESIDENTS are being invited to get creative and enter designs for an underpass that serves as a vital link from Grimsby’s West Marsh to the town centre.

The Chantry Lane underpass is being redesigned and refurbished as part of a major redevelopment of Grimsby town centre.

As reported, improvements are underway in the Cartergate area, which includes the construction of the new £6 million Wilkin Chapman headquarters which is due to be completed next year.

As part of the works to regenerate the area, North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC), working in partnership with Cofely, is now inviting residents to get involved with two creative workshops to transform the Chantry Lane underpass.

The workshops are being organised by local company Creative Start, and will give local residents the opportunity to work closely with architects, the council and Cofely to give their views and designs to transform a blank canvas into something interesting that represents the town.

Sam Delaney, Director of Creative Start, said: “We are a community interest company and it is our purpose to empower people through art, which brings us into contact with a lot of people in this area.

“We’re delighted to have been asked to get on board with this project and we hope as many people as possible decide to take part in the workshops.

“We will have a team of people at the workshops, comprising local artists and community workers, and the public will be able to come and speak to us and get our help with their ideas.

“I think the important message to get across is that it doesn’t matter what your idea is, we want to hear from you – your view matters.”

Tim Mickleburgh, the Labour councillor for the area, said this is a promising project for the West Marsh.

“Some people are put off from using these subways, especially at night,” he said. “So the more people that are encouraged to access this crucial pass-through, the better, and I think this project will ensure that. It’s a natural link from the West Marsh to the town centre and we want to encourage footfall. A new cycle path will also be introduced which I think is an important part of the scheme.

“I would like to see something connected with the town’s heritage, be it a mural of the Docks or something similar. It would also be good to get the involvement of local schools.”

Anyone can attend the two drop-in workshops and submit their ideas on Saturday, December 12, from 10am to 4pm at St James’ Hotel or Thursday, December 17, from 3pm to 9pm at Grimsby Minster.

Read the full story in the Grimsby Telegraph

PROMISING PROJECT: Pictured in the Chantry Lane underpass which is to be redesigned and refurbished, are, from left, Sam Delaney, director of Creative Start, Stephanie Lawton, architect for Cofely, and councillor Tim Mickleburgh, ward councillor for the West Marsh. Picture: Rick Byrne