The town of Immingham is perhaps best known for its rich history: the voyage of the Mayflower, the significant role played by the Immingham Dock during World War II or even for the ‘tin town’ houses, constructed for the dock builders. Yet in recent years, Immingham has undergone significant developments which not only celebrate its heritage but also continue to provide the local community with a town to be proud of.
The Immingham Dock has continued to strive since its opening in 1912. Once eclipsing the town in size, the dock now handles around 60 million tonnes of cargo per year, making it the UK’s largest port by tonnage. Through recent years, the town centre has also seen growth through the development of retail facilities in its Kennedy Way centre. Aldi, Home Bargains, Jacks, B & M, Pound Stretcher and Card Factory provide an improved shopping experience; the addition of Subway close by has also been welcomed. Alongside this, the town’s facilities have been further enhanced through the recent redevelopment of the Civic Centre to a Hub, bringing together different organisations – Humberside Police, NELC Customer Services, Lincolnshire Housing Partnership, Lincs Inspire Library, Care, DWP (Job Centre), and Grimsby Institute – to provide vital community services in the heart of Immingham. Developing a stronger community spirit, the Hub also contains the Immingham Museum, allowing residents and visitors to learn more about the impressive history of the town. With a growing population of around 10,000, the success of the dock and range of amenities have been an influential factor in attracting more residents, leading to the development of new housing projects on a number of sites around Immingham.
Residents are also served well by the many community groups and education opportunities within Immingham. Four primary schools: Eastfield Primary Academy, Canon Peter Hall C of E School, Coomb Briggs Primary School and Pilgrim Academy serve as successful feeder schools to The Oasis Academy. Formerly The Immingham School, the town’s secondary school converted to an academy in 2007 and now sits proudly in the centre of the town.
Alongside the development in amenities for residents and the surrounding communities, Immingham town’s appeal has gone from strength to strength due to the hard work of the Immingham Town Council and the Immingham In Bloom volunteers. Through their unrelenting focus on creating a cleaner and prettier home for Immingham residents, the volunteers have won Gold for the last 8 years in succession at the East Midlands In Bloom competitions and have represented the East Midlands 3 times at Britain In Bloom, receiving a Silver Gilt in 2014 and the prestigious Gold in 2016 and 2018. The innovative displays which celebrate the history of Immingham, along with well kept floral arrangements and gardens throughout the town, have undoubtedly enhanced the environment for residents and visitors alike.
The community spirit has greatly improved over the last few years, and Immingham remains proud of its history, yet excited about its future!