Invitation to join economic force

South Holland District Council chief executive Anna Graves.
South Holland District Council chief executive Anna Graves.

South Holland could become a part of an expanded economic powerhouse for eastern England, with the chance to secure new investment worth millions of pounds.

An invitation to join Greater Cambridgeshire Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was considered by district councillors at a meeting last night.

The area already benefits from membership of Greater Lincolnshire LEP, including a share of almost £15 million of Government cash announced in January for the National Centre of Food Manufacturing and a new roundabout at Peppermint Junction.

But a report to district councillors by chief executive Anna Graves said: “It is widely recognised that economic and business growth is neither constrained by, nor limited to, an operating area within a single administrative boundary.

“A wider geographical influence for our district provides important opportunities for securing greater inward investment and influencing major infrastructure decisions that affect our economic wellbeing.

“Part of the district’s challenge in terms of maximising public sector investment in our growth agenda is our border location with other LEP areas in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

“South Holland would have the opportunity to submit bids to both LEPs simultaneously (at the same time) to increase its chances of success.”