So plans for the old Scunthorpe Market have been released, but most locals were left feeling underwhelmed by the new development plans. As I always say, any development to improve the town centre can’t be a bad thing, but it could be a better thing in some cases.

There already seems a lot of spaces for business and commercial use and I tend to agree with others that the idea could be a little more exciting. It doesn’t ignite enthusiasm. This is only my personal opinion but could we not somehow encourage some more shops into town, or well known restaurants to draw people in? Maybe an activity centre, stage, play area, roller skating, ice skating….I don’t know something not so bland. Don’t get me wrong I liked the part where it mentioned a public space for festivals and exhibitions so I hope this part is a main focus. The nearby library already offers community hub and spaces so let’s have something people find worth visiting and the lovely 20:21 hosts an array of great exhibitions.

If there is going to be student accommodation, let’s get something down there for students to do!

I feel like I shouldn’t moan because something is better than nothing but I feel like it’s missing the point of attracting people to the town centre.

What do you think? What would you like to see the space used for?

The future of Scunthorpe’s High Street is revealed as a radical redevelopment plan for the former market is unveiled.

North Lincolnshire Council has submitted the ambitious proposals as part of the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

The cash would be used to transform the heart of the town centre and would be on top of the £25m already coming through in the Towns Fund and £1m already announced to kick-start economic renewal.

The project would see the former market site completely redeveloped to include business space, a high-end, 40-room student accommodation development as well as major changes to the public spaces at Church Square and Library Square (outside Scunthorpe Central).

The development will be spread across the southern half of the former market site, fronting directly on to the High Street.

It includes a 1,350 sq m enterprise and innovation hub complete with business space, workshops, meeting rooms, breakout spaces, business development and networking areas. The focus will be on creating space for technology businesses and those in the creative industries.

The three storey building will be equipped with ultrafast broadband and have balcony and terrace areas on the roof designed to encourage collaboration.

A 300 sq m co-working café space will also be created on the ground floor which opens out into the High Street.

The plans would see Church Square and Library Squares further redeveloped to create spaces to provide places to play, exercise and relax along with a dedicated events space for a range of functions, festivals and exhibitions to bringing a buzz to the town centre – including a pop-up mall with independent traders and recognised brands side by side to create a unique shopping destination.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “These plans for the High Street are ambitious and radical in equal measure. The Government has already committed £25m to Scunthorpe through the Towns Fund.

“This sustainable development will give residents a number reason to rediscover the town centre. The plan is designed to bring people back into the High Street for retail yes but also as a place to live, to work and to spent their leisure time.

“These proposals will make a huge difference but they are just one component part of the wider development plans which we are leading for our county town.”

Further details about the Future High Streets Fund are available on the Invest in North Lincolnshire website.

Source & image: https://www.northlincs.gov.uk/news/former-scunthorpe-market-site-to-be-transformed/

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