Life on the Frontier – Grimsby’s poorest families who live just a mile from high status

Scartho Top and the Nunsthorpe are only a mile away, but they might as well be worlds apart.

One of Grimsby’s neighborhoods is rated as one of the most deprived areas in the country, with long-standing anti-social behavior issues.

The other is one of the most sought after locations in the borough.

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The two realms are not really connected, even though they are back to back – a sign of the distance that separates them from life.

Not everyone is happy with life in the “upscale” neighborhood of Scartho, however, and residents still find plenty to love in the Nunny.

Nunsthorpe resident Jonathan Stead said: ‘It has a bad reputation, but it’s not a particularly bad area. He has just seen better days.



Locals say the neighborhood has a bad reputation, but they don’t want to leave

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“There is a lack of opportunity for people, which leads to a lot of intergenerational aspirations.

“I don’t think it’s any worse than any other area in Grimsby. This reflects the problems that exist everywhere.

“People are very attached to Nunsthorpe – they don’t tend to move.”

The region is unfortunately in the top 10% of the most deprived areas in the country, according to government data which takes into account factors such as income, health, crime and housing.



A map of deprivation in Grimsby (red representing upper levels and blue lower)

Police have tried to crack down on anti-social behavior in the area in recent years, with signs still warning that illegally used motor vehicles will be impounded without warning.

A resident of Sutcliffe Avenue said: ‘There is a minority that causes problems for everyone, with children screaming, spitting and swearing.

“It was more of a problem before, you don’t see that much lately.”

A local woman added: “I really like it, I’ve lived here all my life and I don’t want to move.”



Wren Crescent, Scartho Summit
Wren Crescent, on Scartho Top

Just a mile up the road is Scartho Top, a much newer estate of modern suburban homes which government data shows is one of the best places to live.

However, the wide, wide roads that are so attractive to homebuyers have become a rat race, and the single access point on Scartho Road is often congested.

Mr and Mrs Henrick of Heimdal Road have seen many changes in the new estate.

“We’ve been here since 1997. We wanted a newer building, and the whole area was new at the time,” Ms. Henrick said.



Scartho Top is considered idyllic, but locals are unhappy with traffic problems

“It’s changed so much – when we first moved in, the other side of the road was just fields. Now it’s full of houses.

“It’s so built up now that you have work to get out of the junction onto Scartho Road. We were told a new road was going to be built, but we don’t know when.

“They’ve also talked about building a new school, and they’re finally getting started with the supermarket down the street.”



A new Aldi under construction at Scartho Top

There is plenty of peace and quiet for those looking for a more tranquil setting.

“It’s a lovely neighborhood, and it doesn’t really come alive until 5 p.m.,” she added.

“There are only occasional problems with the guys – certainly nothing serious.”

Traffic problems are also of concern to another resident.

“We really need traffic calming measures on Matthew Telford Park – it must be the only area in North East Lincolnshire without them,” he said.

“There have been four accidents on this road recently.

“Hopefully the new supermarket will slow them down.”

Another man said: “It’s quite a hostile area. It may be high status, but people don’t know each other.

“It’s not a big community.”

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