April 17, 2020 3.55 pm This story is over 20 months old

£8.25m East Lindsey HQ and college plans submitted

Bosses say the build will be “cost neutral”

Plans for a new £8.25 million home for East Lindsey District Council and Boston College have been submitted.

The “public sector hub” is planned to be built at the former Horncastle Residential College off the town’s Mareham Road.

Plans for the site were revealed back in March, however, the costs have been under discussion since October.

The development has previously been described as being a “smaller, fit-for-purpose” hub and could also house partners such as health and police services in the future.

Councillor Craig Leyland, East Lindsey District Council Leader, said: “This is an important step in bringing forward the new Public Sector Hub with College.

“This is a very exciting project which – with the sale and redevelopment of both Skegness Town Hall and Tedder Hall – will be cost-neutral to ratepayers, provide a much needed educational facility to the district and provide a shared workspace for ourselves and our partners.”

Council opponents to the site, however, have raised doubts about the authority’s ability to raise the cash, as well as raised concerns over the increased travel time and distance.

The new headquarters will play a major role in ELDC’s plans for a greater focus of council staff working remotely, while the new council chamber will also be used for college lectures, weddings and community events.

The college would have access to four classrooms and ancillary space.

The first courses are hoped to start in September 2021.

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