Have you ever looked up at a decaying but characterful old building in North East Lincs and thought "that should be restored" ?
Do you get annoyed by badly designed buildings dumped unsympathetically next to good architecture ?
Are there areas near you crying out for regeneration that seem to be ignored by planners and developers ?
If the answer to these questions is yes then you've found the right people !
Grimsby, Cleethorpes & District Civic Society is a registered charity, which provides an independent voice in matters regarding planning, architecture and the preservation of built heritage.
North East Lincs Heritage
North East Lincolnshire is highly underrated! Unfortunately it hasn't always helped itself - many visitors struggle to believe that this area is in fact at least 1000 years old when confronted by vast areas of residential and industrial sprawl. However, anyone who takes the time to explore the area properly is always delighted to find fantastic Saxon, Norman Medieval, Georgian, Victorian and 20th Century architecture sprinkled throughout.
We aim to protect these gems making them the inspiration and centrepieces for future developments. This doesn't mean pickling them in aspic or turning them all into museums - we believe in renovation and re-use as one of the best means of preservation.
This approach would be taken as read in almost every other town or city in Britain but this does not seem to have been absorbed into the culture of planning in North East Lincs. Instead we have an attitude where older buildings are either sidelined or treated as a 'problem' rather than an asset that could be restored and (crucially) re-used.
Regeneration is vital to the prosperity of our area.
Grimsby, Cleethorpes & District Civic Society calls for a fresh approach to regeneration which stresses quality and ensures that new buildings do not detract from the existing heritage of the area.
We believe failure in this regard will lead to the current generation of new buildings being seen in a similar light to the failures of the 1960s and 1970s.