More suggestions wanted for Pinchbeck £100,000

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ONLY ten suggestions have so far been put forward for how to spend the £100,000 payment coming to Pinchbeck as part of Spalding Power Station’s expansion.

Funding requests to Pinchbeck Parish Council for a share of the cash have included field maintenance, fencing and a tennis court for Glebe Field, a five-a-side football pitch and basketball pitch for Rotten Row Playing Field, repairs to the driveway for West Pinchbeck Village Hall and funding for scout and guide equipment.

The money for the parish forms part of the Section 106 agreement negotiated as part of the deal to allow Spalding Power Station to almost double in size.

In total, Intergen will be handing over £7.14million in community payments in compensation for the work.

On Monday, parish councillors called for more suggestions of what facilities are needed in the village and warned they may have to come up with a few ideas of their own to kick-start a debate.

Coun Andrew Bowser said: “If we ask villagers what they want, they say nothing. Let’s tell them ‘this is what we are going to do’. It’s the only way to get a discussion.

“We have been working on this for a year and nothing has happened. We should say ‘this is what we want’ and if we do not get the Section 106 money, let’s have a crack at raising the money for it ourselves.”

Coun James Avery warned the council should not “come across” what the Community Led Plan is trying to achieve for the village with longer-term goals.

He said they should be working with them to make improvements.

“We want to be pushing for these things if there is demand for it whether we get the money from Intergen or not,” he said.

Councillors agreed to come up with ideas at their individual meetings for both East and West Pinchbeck and bring them back to a full council meeting.

They are considering the possibility of putting their ideas forward to residents via a questionnaire linked to the village’s Community Led Plan.

Construction work for the power station is due to start next year.