Line up for £93 million pot

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An agricultural and environmental expert from Gedney has welcomed the prospect of South Holland getting a share of £93.1 million worth of European cash.

Katy Anderson (22), rural adviser for the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) in eastern England, called the cash pot from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) a “great opportunity” for businesses in the area.

The cash will be used to put on training schemes, create business premises, innovation and economic development projects throughout the Greater Lincolnshire area over the next five years.

Katy, a former Spalding High School student, said: “This is a great opportunity for, and will really support, our rural businesses.

“It particularly promotes investment in support of those looking to innovate, as well as the small and medium-sized businesses that are prevalent in our region.

“Finally, it prioritises two of the CLA’s main priorities which are broadband and flood solutions.”

The cash injection was announced by Local Growth Minister James Wharton on Thursday when organisations like the CLA, Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Lincolnshire County Council were invited to bid for funding.

Pat Doody, chairman of Greater Lincolnshire LEP’s European funding partnership, said: “Our area’s plan for growth is driven by the needs of our businesses and community.

“The funds this area is getting from the new ERDF programme will play an important and strategic part in delivering on our ambitions.

“Having agreed the local priorities for using these funds and moving our economy forward, we can now get on with investing it in the best projects that deliver growth and jobs in Greater Lincolnshire.”

South Holland missed out on a share of more than £67.5 million between 2015-17 because projects were unlikely to be completed within the time period.

But Coun Colin Davie, executive member for economic development at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This funding will have a real impact on the lives of people living in Greater Lincolnshire, its surrounding towns and villages.”