New jobs, industries and homes will be generated in Holbeach with millions of pounds heading for the town.
As revealed in The Spalding Guardian on Thursday, Greater Lincolnshire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has secured £2.4million in Government Growth Deals for each of two massive projects:
l A new roundabout at Peppermint Junction, where the A151 link road meets the A17;
l A new Agri-Food Centre of Excellence at The National Centre for Food Manufacturing, the Holbeach campus of the University of Lincoln.
The Growth Deals millions are the tip of the iceberg as Lincolnshire County Council, which heads the roundabout project, will seek outline planning consent for industrial units along one side of the link road, the same side as the travellers’ camp, and housing on the other side. Work on the roundabout is due to start post April 2016.
The Agri-Food Centre, to be built on the university site on Park Road, will cost about £7million and is expected to create 100 jobs over a ten-year period.
Professor Val Braybrooks, Dean at The National Centre for Food Manufacturing, said building work is likely to start in 2017 and the centre could be ready by autumn 2018.
The centre will strengthen the food industry in South Holland and Lincolnshire and help it stay competitive.
“It is going to be about increasing our capacity to support research and innovation as well as high level skills,” said Professor Braybrooks. “Basically we are building up a really strong platform.”
South Holland didn’t get a single penny from the last round of funding won by LEP.
County councillor Nick Worth said this time “oven ready” South Holland projects were put forward and others, including the Spalding western bypass, are in the pipeline – although the £15million road may have to be built in phases.
Coun Worth said the county council will pave the way for others to develop industries and homes on either side of the A151 link road.
The roundabout will also provide an opportunity to keep lorries out of the town centre with a weight restriction on Spalding Road once drivers have safer access to the A17.