The new look Church Square re-opened to the public on 1st November 2010 after the demolition of the former Club 2000 / Options Nightclub. The club had stood empty since May 2006, it had been bought by the then Tory lead North Lincolnshire Council in 2007 for £800,000 using cash from regional development agency Yorkshire Forward.
At that time it was on the understanding that Yorkshire Forward would cover the building's maintenance costs until March 2012 after this the burden would fall on the local taxpayer. As no future use could be identified for the building and to remove the burden to the local taxpayers it was decided the building should be demolished.
Church Square, a waste of space?
Once the building came down, the area was block paved to match the rest of the square. A new powerful electric supply was installed to enable bigger and better events to be held. Cllr Mark Kirk, leader of North Lincolnshire Council at the time, said: "It is essential that we demolish the former nightclub to make way for future investment. Already we are seeing the likes of Primark locate to a prime town centre site. The demolition of the former night club will help pave the way for further investment. The large open event space in Church Square is just a short walk from The Foundry and Parishes shopping centres and all the other shops. And we are looking to create a programme of events and activities throughout the year that will attract local people and visitors to the town centre and shop."
It is now over six months since Church Square was re-opened with the promise of markets, events and activities but to date the only thing to have taken place there of note was the Christmas lights switch on in November last year.
Can the new North Lincolnshire administration use the Square where the previous administration had promised? Is it just a case that Church Square is just a waste of space?
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