Borough of North East Lincolnshire
North East Lincolnshire
Coordinates: 53°33′N 0°06′W / 53.55°N 0.10°W / 53.55; -0.10Coordinates: 53°33′N 0°06′W / 53.55°N 0.10°W / 53.55; -0.10
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial countyLincolnshire
Admin. HQGrimsby
 • TypeNorth East Lincolnshire Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Conservative
 • MPs:Martin Vickers (Conservative)
Lia Nici (Conservative)
 • Chief ExecutiveRob Walsh
 • LeaderPhilip Jackson (Conservative)
 • Total74.1 sq mi (191.9 km2)
Area rank165th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total159,563
 • RankRanked 123rd
 • Density2,200/sq mi (830/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code00FC (ONS)
E06000012 (GSS)
Ethnicity97.4% White
1.1 Asian[1]

North East Lincolnshire is a unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of Lincolnshire in England. It borders the unitary authority of North Lincolnshire and the non-metropolitan county of Lincolnshire, the three areas making up the ceremonial county. The population of the Unitary Authority at the 2011 Census was 159,616.[2] North East Lincolnshire is part of the Yorkshire and the Humber region.


North East Lincolnshire was created from the boroughs of Cleethorpes and Great Grimsby on 1 April 1996 with the abolition of Humberside. The area lies within the Parts of Lindsey, a historic subdivision of Lincolnshire.


The north part of the authority has a flat landscape.

Recent council results

Local Elections 2019: Seats
Conserv­ative Labour Liberal Democrats UKIP Indepen­dent

Towns and villages

Places of interest


The National Fishing Heritage Centre

North East Lincolnshire is a unitary authority that has operated a cabinet-style council since 2003. There are 42 councillors. They elect the cabinet in May each year. Each cabinet member is responsible for making decisions within their portfolio area.[3] The governance of North East Lincolnshire Council has come under scrutiny from the audit commission on two occasions[4] leading to special public interest reports for its failings. During this time (between 2003 and 2011) it was run politically as a coalition between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. In June 2011 it became a minority Labour controlled Council.[5] In 2012, Labour gained a majority on the authority, before losing it two years later and have run it as a minority. In 2019, the Conservatives managed to gain a majority for the first time since the establishment of the council in 1996.[6]


The radio station for the area was called Compass FM, and took its logo from the logo of North East Lincolnshire, being based south of Grimsby railway station. It became part of Greatest Hits Radio in 2020. BBC Radio Humberside have a small studio to the east of Grimsby town centre. Grimsby Institute had the innovative Estuary TV (former Channel 7) television, based at the Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education. Propeller TV was also part of Grimsby Institute. The Grimsby Telegraph is a daily newspaper.


The North East Lincolnshire towns of Grimsby, Immingham and Cleethorpes, form the economic area known as Greater Grimsby. The main sectors of the Greater Grimsby economy are food and drink; ports and logistics; renewable energy and chemicals and process industries.

This is a table of trend of regional gross value added of North and North East Lincolnshire at current basic prices publisher,[7] (pp. 240–253) by the Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British pounds sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added[8] Agriculture[9] Industry[10] Services[11]
1995 3,512 82 1,701 1,729
2000 3,861 60 1,805 1,997
2003 4,569 62 1,896 2,611

The area has one power station, the South Humber Bank Power Station, which is owned and operated by Centrica sited at Stallingborough.

Similar to North Lincolnshire, the area has its fire and police run by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and Humberside Police.


The A180 near Immingham, an important road for the authority
The A180 near Immingham, an important road for the authority

There are four main roads that link to the unitary authority - the A180 (from the M180) which was built in 1984, and the A46 from Lincoln. The A46 terminates in Cleethorpes, previously terminating at the Laceby roundabout, and follows the former route of the A18 through Grimsby and Cleethorpes. The A18 which runs from Doncaster to Laceby past the Humberside Airport. And the A16 from southern Lincolnshire through Louth, Entering the town at toll bar roundabout Waltham

There are good connections by railway from Doncaster and Sheffield, which start at Manchester Airport - the TransPennine Express.

It is transport by sea that the area has national significance. The two ports of Immingham and Grimsby, when combined, have the largest tonnage of freight of any UK port. Immingham has many DFDS freight routes (DFDS Seaways since 2010, the former DFDS Tor Line) to Europe.


See also: List of schools in North East Lincolnshire

The local LEA has comprehensive schools, becoming comprehensive in the early 1970s when part of the County Borough of Grimsby, and the Lindsey Education Committee, based in Lincoln. However, due to the proximity of West and East Lindsey which have grammar schools, some children capable of passing the eleven-plus are bussed over the border to places such as Caistor, Louth, and Alford. Previous to this Cleethorpes had girls' and boys' grammar schools, and Grimsby had the girls' and boys' (which joined in the late 1960s) Wintringham grammar schools.

The local secondary schools have improved in recent years, but Grimsby still has some of the worst GCSE results in the country. There is a clear cut dichotomy of education up to 16, with schools on the edge of Grimsby and Cleethorpes performing with respectable results, leaving the centre of these towns with struggling schools that have faced closure. Most schools have converted to Academy status, with some also lucky enough to move into brand new spacious buildings. It is more the case that affluent parents would refuse to send their children to schools in central Grimsby, hence the schools on the outer edge do much better.

Franklin College has a good reputation at A level, and regularly produces the best A level results for state schools in the former area of Humberside (north and south). It was formed by the Humberside Education Committee, based in Beverly. Sixth formers travelled from East and West Lindsey to attend this college, such was its reputation.

The main FE college in Grimsby is the Grimsby Institute. This offers a wide range of vocational courses and has links with the fishing industry. It offers higher education courses, and has done for many years - HNDs, for vocational subjects. It has the long-term ambition to become a university. The University of Humberside used to have its food science campus at the college, but removed this when it became the University of Lincoln.

Freedom of the Borough

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire.

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (May 2019)


Military Units


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Unitary Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Information About the Cabinet". North East Lincolnshire Council. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Council 'ignored' Icelandic risk". BBC News. 26 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Plans for joint council control". BBC News. 17 June 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Tories take council for first time". 3 May 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
  9. ^ includes hunting and forestry
  10. ^ includes energy and construction
  11. ^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured
  12. ^ "Tributes to first leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, Muriel Barker". The Grimsby Telegraph. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Grimsby Independent Resources and Information". Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  14. ^ [3][dead link]
Immingham docks
Immingham docks

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