ABP plans for vehicle storage facility for 15k cars at former Tioxide site approved by council

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 12 Oct 2017

The former Tioxide site in Grimsby will be transformed into a vehicle storage facility for more than 15,000 cars.

The 45 hectre site off Moody Lane is currently owned by ABP who hope that this new car storage facility will further increase the service they are able to provide from Grimsby Port, with the ability to hold an additional 15,200 cars, creating 24 new jobs.

The development - given the go-ahead by North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee - will also see the creation of a nature reserve along the seafront that is currently home to a number of nesting bird species.

ABP have worked closely with Natural England and the RSPB in order to plan a habitat that will allow the local bird population to thrive.

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The now redundant Huntsmans Tioxide site, Moody Lane, Grimsby

Mr James, a representative from ABP said: "We currently run a service industry, and none of the cargo that passes through Grimsby Port actually belongs to us, and our infrastructure needs to be strong in order to ensure that our customers remain satisfied, allowing us to ensure that Grimsby is the east coast port of choice.

"We have already invested heavily into Grimsby Port, allowing it to now receive much larger cargo ships, and this site is in a perfect location to facilitate this.

"This further investment will also help us to expand already existing facilities and allow us to offer more services."

Local councillors were very impressed with ABP's proposed investment into the port, and felt it would go a long way to cementing the town's position as one of the top importers and exporters in the country.

Location of the new car park.

Councillor Stan Shreeve spoke out in support of the development, however warned that he did not want to see the jobs that may be created become low paying zero hour contracts.

He said: "This investment into Grimsby's Port shows the growing business that we have here, but I do not want to see new jobs going to zero hour contracts with minimum wage, and I would like to urge that employers are more responsible and assure that there will be permanent jobs with a decent wage."

Councillor Cliff Barber agreed with Councillor Shreeve also stating that he felt this was the ideal location for a facility of this nature.

Plan of the location of the new car park.

He said: "This site will only be minutes from the car ferries and will greatly help Grimsby cement its place as one of the country's top importers."

However Councillor Stephen Harness, while speaking out in favour of the application felt that it was sad to see the loss of a manufacturing facility in the town, for it only to be replaced with a car park.

Councillor David Hasthorpe, who works within the motor industry, said the investment reflects the industry's ambition to increase imports and exports through Grimsby, noting that there are hopes to increase capacity from 40,000 vehicles a year to 50,000 by 2020.

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