Grimsby's Victoria Mills making 'good progress' but remains on Heritage At Risk register

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 30 Oct 2017

Grimsby's iconic Victoria Mills is making "good progress" according to Historic England after it was repaired and acquired by the council in a bid to secure its future.

The public body's Heritage at Risk Register 2017 has been published offering a snapshot into the state of England’s most valued historic places.

Across the East Midlands region, 20 sites have been removed from the register because their future has been secured, while 41 sites have been added because of concerns about their condition including 23 places of worship.

Over the past year, Historic England has offered £1.44m in grants to help 33 of the region’s best loved and most important historic sites.

READ MORE: Exclusive first look inside Victoria Mills during £2.1m restoration

In the East Midlands, the register reveals 130 Grade I and II* buildings, 132 scheduled monuments, 128 places of worship, seven registered parks and gardens and 77 conservation areas are at risk of neglect, decay or inappropriate change.

READ MORE: Plans unveiled to turn historic Grimsby printers building into retail space

There are 474 assets on the East Midlands Register, 19 more than in 2016.

Ben Robinson, Heritage at Risk principal for Historic England in the East Midlands, said: “The East Midlands has the highest proportion of buildings on the Heritage at Risk Register in any English region.

“There are some hard nuts to crack but this year’s success stories demonstrate the wholly positive impact regenerated heritage has for us all.

“We have seen what a difference to regeneration and economic success our partnership project in Derby has had and we are delighted that Heritage Action Zone work in Nottingham is now underway. ”

Grimsby’s Victoria Mill is now classed as making “Good progress” with Historic England having assisted North East Lincolnshire Council with their acquisition and repair of the landmark mill. The grade II listed former flour mill had been left in a dangerous condition by its former owners, but “it can now play a part in exciting regeneration proposals in Grimsby”.

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