August 4, 2020 2.06 pm This story is over 39 months old

Greater Lincolnshire gets £26m for ‘shovel-ready’ projects

Health, food and cycle projects included in £25.8m cash boost

“Shovel-ready” projects in Greater Lincolnshire are going to get a £25.8million cash injection from government.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced more than 300 successful projects in England, which will receive a share of the government’s £900 million Getting Building Fund on Tuesday, including seven projects across this region.

According to documents released by the government, the money will create 2,520 direct jobs across Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire in addition to 140 construction jobs and 330 safeguarded employees.

Around 80 businesses will be assisted by the projects, while 9km of roads, cycle lanes and walkways will be created.

It will unlock 2,350sqm of commercial space, 3,800sqm of learning space and 695sqm of research space.

Some of the original plans for the Holbeach Food Enterprise Zone.

The projects include:

  • The Centre for Innovation in Rural Health in the city, which includes the Lincoln Medical School and will help with research, training and community engagement over health care challenges.
  • The Holbeach Food Enterprise Zone which aims to attract significant food-tech and agri-tech investment to the area.
  • Killingholme Pumping Station which aims to prevent future flooding of industrial land on the South Humber Bank and facilitate further development.
  • The Greater Lincolnshire Cycle Programme which aims to create cycle links acrosss both the South Humber Bank and the coastal country park along the east coast.
  • The Greater Lincolnshire Skills Programme Extension

Responding to the news, Lincoln MP Karl McCartney said: “I am pleased to have supported our local organisations with their successful funding bids, which will be a positive outcome for Lincoln and the wider economic area.

“As Lincoln continues to grow and prosper, these projects will increase the jobs and opportunities for Lincoln and its residents.”