Final destination for Grimsby merchants up in the air – Fishupdate.com

Final destination for Grimsby merchants up in the air Published:  30 January, 2006

GRIMSBY fish merchants and processors could be relocated to a modern greenfield site – over three miles away from the waters of the fish docks.

This is one of the key recommendations presented to the industry by consultants SQW who have spent the past few months studying the port’s problems.

The other is a site on the fish docks itself, a stretch of land near the huge Celcius Cold Store, but still almost a mile from the current fish market.

A project manager will now be appointed to speed up the development which they hope to complete within three years.

The consultants unveiled their recommendations to an industry steering group which consist of Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises, the company which runs the fish market, the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association, ABP, North East Lincolnshire Council and the regional development agency Yorkshire Forward.

The group said in a statement: This study emphasises the importance of fish processing to the economy of the town and its community.

“There is a need to relocate some parts of the industry, particularly those firms around the Kasbah to ensure they are operating in an environment that meets the new emerging legislation requirements.”

The Kasbah is the quaint nick name given to an area of narrow lanes and streets full of fish processing houses which have been part of the fish dock scene for almost 100 years, but are totally out of date especially from a hygiene point of view.

The consultants said the regeneration should also include a new fish market hall and a Seafood Institute, a plan which has been on the drawing board for the past five years, but has yet to come to fruition.

The Grimsby Institute of Further Education is drawing up proposals for this ‘Seafood University’ which could include a research and development facility and training courses from NVQ to degree standard.

But many people would like to see the industry move away from the fish docks altogether which is why Europarc, a modern business zone on the outskirts of Grimsby, has been shortlisted. Among Eurorparc’s current users are Baxters, which has a chilled soup plant on the site, Kwoks, an Oriental ready meals firm and Ultimate Packaging which supplies materials to the food and fish industry. Another attraction is that plans for a revolutionary water and waste recycling plant are included in any future Europarc redevelopment.

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