Grimsby upgrade plan could start early next year – Fishupdate.com

Grimsby upgrade plan could start early next year Published:  03 November, 2008

WORK on a major upgrade of Grimsby Fish Market is expected to get underway early next year – thanks to a big funding pledge.

The regional development agency Yorkshire Forward announced on Friday that in it was prepared to finance the Grimsby scheme which is expected to cost up to £5 million.

The extensive refurbishment is expected to include installing refrigeration and chilling equipment throughout the entire market, which many processors feel is long overdue.

Steve Norton, chief executive of the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association, told Fishupdate: “This is good news for the port at a time of gloomy economic news generally. We now have to sit down with Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises to work out the exact details of the modernisation plan, but refrigerating the market is certainly very much on the agenda.”

Both the FMA and the Fish Market company said they welcomed this ‘long overdue’ decision. The modernisation plan would provide positive benefits for the seafood industry and the wider fish dock community while at the same time offer opportunities to establish diversification and business sustainability within the port estate.

‘We believe this is a unique opportunity to offer a total package that will not only regenerate the port estate but will be a significant economic driver for the local economy,’ the FMA and GFDE added in a statement.

Fishgate – Hull’s Fish Market – has also had its business plan approved which is thought to include the construction of a number of modern fish processing units.

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