Countryside in the money with grant for jobs in area

Coun Colin Davie (back row second right) with Emma McClarkin MEP (front centre) and rural business leaders during a meeting about the south Lincolnshire economy at the National Centre for Food Management, Holbeach.  Photo (TIM WILSON): SG120914-127TW.
Coun Colin Davie (back row second right) with Emma McClarkin MEP (front centre) and rural business leaders during a meeting about the south Lincolnshire economy at the National Centre for Food Management, Holbeach. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG120914-127TW.
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South Lincolnshire is in line for a boost of around £1.7 million for rural businesses to create new jobs.

Farming and other projects in South Holland, Bourne, the Deepings and south of Boston are getting a share of about £8 million from the LEADER (liaison between rural development actions) programme to deliver economic growth across the area.

Wash Fens Local Action Group (LAG) for South Holland, Boston and part of South Kesteven is one of five LAGs in Lincolnshire to be given funding to help small businesses and rural services.

Frances McIntyre, manager of the Wash Fens Local Action Group, said: “This funding has the potential to further strengthen our key industries of food and farming, as well as building on the potential of many small businesses.

“We will be consulting with businesses and the public so we can make sure that our plans fit the needs of rural communities in South Holland, Bourne and the Deepings.”

David Mather, economic development manager for South Kesteven District Council, said: “It’s extremely exciting news for our rural economy and we anticipate that the programme will start in March.”

Coun Colin Davie, executive member for economic development at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This is a predominantly rural county and programmes like this are vital for supporting our small businesses.”