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SAVE drops legal challenge against Grimsby docks demolition

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Heritage campaign group SAVE Britain’s Heritage has abandoned its legal challenge against a proposed demolition at Grimsby docks, because of escalating costs

Docks owner Associated British Ports is proposing a scheme that includes the demolition of the so-called Cosalt buildings on Fish Dock Road.

The red-brick buildings, decorated with mosaic tiles and distinctive blue paint, were built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for The Great Grimsby Coal, Salt and Tanning Co (known as Cosalt). The company was founded in 1873 and supplied coal to fishing boats, salt for curing fish, and tanned sails and fishing nets.

Last week the Court of Appeal ruled against giving SAVE permission to proceed with the case after the group appealed an earlier decision. The heritage group said: ‘Whilst there is an option to continue with an oral hearing, this will add considerably to our costs and so we have decided not to continue with the challenge.’

In May, North East Lincolnshire Council gave permission to Associated British Ports to demolish the Cosalt buildings.

At the time a company spokesperon told the Grimsby Telegraph that the demolition of the buildings would ‘allow clients to expand their businesses and in doing so create jobs and much-needed prosperity for the community’. 

Despite the setback, SAVE is urging action to regenerate buildings in the area. Director Henrietta Billings said: ‘We are calling on the owner Associated British Ports, and the local planning authority North East Lincolnshire Council to stop the rot and take urgent action to safeguard the future for the remaining historic buildings on the docks.’

Sea trade at the Port of Grimsby dates back to as early as the Medieval period. The Grimsby Haven Company started developing the earliest of the docks – the ‘Old Dock’ – at the end of the 1700s.

However the first of the ‘Fish Docks’, where the Cosalt buildings are located, was not built until 1857.

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