A TEAM of 400 workers will descend on Spalding Power Station at the end of January, when it is due to shut for up to two months for repairs and maintenance.
The power station’s community liaison officer Michelle Morley went to the Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday night and told traders the news.
The stations will shut for seven to eight weeks at the end of January for repairs and maintenance work and will not be supplying power for that time.
Michelle, who traders agreed to elect on to their chamber council on Tuesday, said she hoped that the influx of contractors to do the work will give them all a boost.
She said: “We will have 400 contractors on site during that time – a large proportion of which come from Spalding and the surrounding areas.
“They are already filling up the hotels and hopefully they will be eating in all the town’s eateries and going out in the pubs and clubs while they are here.”
Plans to double the size of the power station were recently passed by the Government.
Michelle told the meeting that, at the peak of the construction, there will be 600 workers at the site – which she says should also provide a boost in footfall for Spalding shops.
The £500million project should take three years to complete and is expected to start this year.
Councillors negotiated a £7million payout for the comunity as a result of the power station plan, which will also see the British Sugar Sports and Social Club move from its West Marsh Road base.