Holbeach is our big winner as multi-millions pour in

Roads are being widened at Sutterton roundabout, where the A16 meets the A17. SG100317-110TW
Roads are being widened at Sutterton roundabout, where the A16 meets the A17. SG100317-110TW
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Holbeach gets a share of £6.5million as Government cash pours into three emerging Food Enterprise Zones.

That cash is part of a £29.45million package coming to Greater Lincolnshire in Local Growth Funding, which also sees £1million to pay for road widening to ease traffic flow at Sutterton roundabout.

A key part of the Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) work at Holbeach is replacing Peppermint Junction with a roundabout and, on Friday, Lincolnshire County Council announced it had appointed Eurovia UK to carry out the year-long project.

County and district councillor Nick Worth said: “I am delighted that after many years of personally championing the need for this major road improvement, first highlighted in the Holbeach Parish Plan as long ago as 2008, it is finally going to happen.

“It is very exciting and a huge boost for the future economy of Holbeach, linking, as it does, to highly skilled jobs in the upcoming Food Enterprise Zone.”

The multi-millions come to the county via the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

South Holland farmer Mark Tinsley, the LEP’s lead board director for food and farming, said: “We are delighted with this recognition of Greater Lincolnshire’s agriculture and food industries.”

The £6.5million will support infrastructure and services to accelerate the development of the three zones, creating employment land and enabling key buildings to be put up to support the growth of the key agri-food clusters.

Coun Richard Davies, the county’s executive member for highways, said the Sutterton works will bring long-term benefits for drivers and the agri-food sector.

Work there began in January and is due to be completed in late spring to avoid a clash with the Peppermint Junction project.

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