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Advice available for residents of East Marsh tower blocks

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

Shock at East Marsh tower block demolition plans

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.

Letters sent to residents of blocks that could be pulled down

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.

Tower blocks at East Marsh in Grimsby Credit: ITV News Calendar

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.

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Six Grimsby tower blocks could be demolished

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 resist licence fee rise

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.

Row continues over speed limit on Grimsby road

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.

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