Grimsby's Freeman Street: Ceremony marks start of work

Artist's impression of Freeman Street plan
Image caption The scheme to redevelop Freeman Street was approved back in 2010

A ceremony has been held to mark the first phase of the long-awaited regeneration of the rundown Freeman Street area of Grimsby.

Approved in 2010, the work would "bring businesses up to the 21st Century", said North East Lincolnshire Council.

Freeman Street, which was once the town's main shopping area, has many empty and boarded-up shops.

Contractor Balfour Beatty are to start work between Hainton Square and Nelson Street after the ceremony at 12:45 BST.

The first phase will include more attractive public space, better parking and a shop-front improvement grant scheme.

Future phases will include new housing developments and business space.

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