One of the councillors in East Marsh in Grimsby says he is supporting residents of the six demolition-threatened tower blocks to save their homes. Cllr Steven Beasant says the first he knew of the plans was when his phone started ringing last night.
The charity which owns six tower blocks in Grimsby's East Marsh says renovating them is not cost-effective and would still only provide buildings with the same energy efficiency as when they were first built. Chief Executive Tony Bramley says that might not be the best use of money.
Shoreline Housing Partnership has published details online about its proposal to demolish six tower blocks in East Marsh, Grimsby. Feedback forms are available for residents to submit their views. There will also be a series of meetings. For those high-rise residents who are directly affected:
- Thursday 5 June: 10am-4pm
- Friday 6 June: 10am-4pm
- Wednesday 11 June: 3pm-7pm
For other residents, local businesses and voluntary/community groups: (All meetings for both residents and other interested parties take place at Central Hall, Duncombe Street Grimsby.)
- Thursday 12 June: 3pm-7pm
- Friday 20 June: 3pm-7pm
Grimsby's skyline could be changed forever under plans to demolish six high-rise blocks of flats. Letters were hand delivered to everyone who lives in the towers yesterday explaining the plans. Some say they will now fight them, determined to stay in their homes.
But the company which owns the blocks says the renovations would cost so much they would never get the money back. James Webster reports.
Some residents of East Marsh's tower blocks in Grimsby have been speaking of their shock at the plans to demolish their homes. John Drinkell has lived in one of them for 12 years and says he wants to stay there because his neighbours are his family:
Letters have been hand delivered to all the residents of six tower blocks in Grimsby that could be demolished under new proposals. The owners, Shoreline Housing Partnership, have started a consultation period to discuss the plans which will run until Friday 1 August.
If the final decision is to demolish the tower blocks those who live there will be rehoused. Leaseholders will be able to sell-back their properties. Home loss payments of £4700 will be made to qualifying households and other payments to help with moving costs will be available.
Six tower blocks in Grimsby's East Marsh area could be demolished under plans announced by their owner Shoreline Housing Partnership. A consultation is now starting. The charity says the cost of demolition is greater than the cost of maintaining the buildings which are affected which are:
- Albion House.
- Bevan House.
- Garibaldi House.
- Nelson House.
- Tennyson House.
- Thesiger House.
- Two maisonette blocks on Comber Place.
Following the consultation a decision over the blocks future will be made by October 2014. A total of 638 home containing an estimated 700 people would be affected. They would all be rehomed before their buildings are demolished, paving the way for the area to be redeveloped.
Shoreline Housing says the blocks are increasingly unpopular and outdated with a declining demand to live there. It estimated £19m of investment would be required over the next five years which exceeds the anticipated net rental income over the life of the blocks.
Taxi drivers in North East Lincolnshire are protesting against a council proposal which could mean their licence fees increase by over a third.
North East Lincolnshire County Council began a 28 day consultation on the plans.
Susan Barss, chairman of new association Taxis For Change, handed in a petition of more than 200 signatures from drivers concerned about the change.
At a meeting of the Council's Licensing and Community Protection Committee, members heard drivers' licence fees for private hire and hackney carriage vehicles could rise from £75.21 to up to £104.
Councillors in Grimsby have voted to increase the speed limit on a controversial stretch of road - completely going against the advice of the police.
The local authority has sided with thousands of drivers who signed a petition against the change to a 30 mile an hour limit. Eight-five per cent of drivers using the road were caught breaking the law after the stricter rules were introduced.
Matt Price reports.
Police in Grimsby are investigating after a teenager was attacked in the street leaving him in a critical condition in hospital. It happened in the early hours of this morning - with the victim who is thought be aged 16 - suffering injuries to his hand, head and back. Matt Price reports.