A staggering £67.5million is pouring into ‘Greater Lincolnshire’ in the next four years for roads, education and business projects – but South Holland will miss out.
Greater Lincolnshire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) has secured £40million from the Government’s Growth Deal for 2015-16, but the cash will be splashed in places like Grantham, which gets £16million for its southern relief road.
There’s a further £27.5million for 2016-17, but South Holland again misses out.
South Holland could get some “crumbs” from a project in the first wave called Unlocking Rural Housing, which gets £4.13million.
An LEP spokesman said more could “arguably” come from skills training throughout Lincolnshire.
He said: ”Projects were selected by government on the basis that they can be delivered in 2015-16. Spalding rail freight was not suitably advanced to deliver in 2015-16.”
Questions are being asked of South Holland’s civic leaders on whether they are doing enough to secure cash for this district.
A district council spokesman said: “The council is considering the results of this first tranche of LEP funding, and what our next positive steps should be. There will be further announcements in the near future.”
Spalding Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett says the announcement pays scant regard to South Holland’s food industry, which moves a million tonnes of products on our roads each year.
He said: “Lincolnshire doesn’t stop at Sleaford. It actually goes all the way down to Sutton Bridge and the investment should be spread throughout the county.”