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St Nicholas, Great Coates
Great Coates shown within Lincolnshire
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Great Coates is a village and civil parish in North East Lincolnshire, England. It is to the north-west of the Grimsby urban area, and is served by Great Coates railway station. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,111.
Great Coates is mentioned in the Domesday Book and the parish church, St. Nicolas, pre-dates Oliver Cromwell and contains his family crest and survived the reformation. The Coates family grave can also be found in the graveyard.
Its eastern boundary with Little Coates civil parish (which merged with Grimsby in 1928) was formed by the River Freshney and included the area that is now the Willows and Wybers Wood estates. In 1928 and 1958 parts of Great Coates parish were allocated to Grimsby, and in 1968 Great Coates village itself was absorbed, its civil parish council being abolished. Other parts were merged with Healing parish. The parish was re-established (excluding Willows and Wybers Wood) in April 2003.
Conoco Stadium 
Grimsby Town Football Club had planning agreed by North East Lincolnshire Council for a new football stadium on the outskirts of the village, just within the Healing parish boundary which has now expired. The original decision was met with opposition from local residents. In a poll conducted by the football club, 84% of North East Lincolnshire residents who voted, voted in favour of the project. In addition to the stadium the development will include a retail park to help finance the development.
The project name for the stadium is "Conoco Stadium". In 2002, Conoco merged with fellow oil giant Phillips to become ConocoPhillips. There has been no comment or commitment of funds towards the project by ConocoPhillips since its formation. The stadium was first proposed during the late 1990s, and it was hoped[by whom?] that the stadium would be ready by August 2002. But a succession of obstacles have delayed the commencement of the stadium's construction and, with Grimsby Town having been relegated from The Football League to the Blue Square Premier Division at the end of the 2009-10 football season, there is currently little pressure for a new larger stadium.
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