Holbeach

A car with a shoddy attempt at a cloned number plate has been seized by police in Holbeach.

The silver Ford car was spotted by officers in the Holbeach area on Thursday, and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that something wasn’t right.

Upon stopping the vehicle, it became apparent that the license plate on the back of the car was not genuine, and had in fact been drawn on.

Lincolnshire Police’s ARV Unit poked fun at the culprit, suggesting that they “seriously need to upgrade their crayon selection.”

The driver was reported and his car was seized after having no documents, as well as the small matter of drawing on a new registration plate.

Work will start next month after planning permission was granted for a ‘Cluster Hub’ building at the South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone near Holbeach.

The multi-use space will provide small and medium-sized business tenants with support services, networking, meeting and events space and catering, within the Food Enterprise Zone.

In addition, there will be workshops and offices specifically designed for small or start-up businesses within agri-tech.

It is anticipated that work on the building will be completed in early 2022.

Lincolnshire-based Core Architects are leading the design team for the Cluster Hub. It is funded by Lincolnshire County Council and the Greater Lincolnshire LEP through the government’s ‘Getting Building Fund’.

Artist impression of the catering space.

Councillor Colin Davie, executive councillor for economy and place at the county council, said: “The principal behind this building is to nurture collaboration between businesses and partners in the agri-tech industries, so they can share ideas and be at the heart of innovation.

“It reinforces the commitment we have in Greater Lincolnshire to become a world class destination in this industry.

“It’s important that we attract the big players in the food industry to our county, but equally important that we support smaller businesses to start out, grow, and thrive here.”

Councillor Nick Worth, deputy leader of South Holland District Council, said: “With growing global food markets, there are huge opportunities for both established and new businesses developing new products and technologies.

“The Food Enterprise Zone will create fantastic job opportunities for our region, as well as generating an estimated £51m of additional GVA over the next 10-years.”

Artist impression of the seating/meeting space.

Professor Val Braybrooks MBE, Dean of Holbeach Campus and the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the University of Lincoln, said “We are really looking forward to welcoming the Food Enterprise Zone’s first business tenants to the Hub and being able to offer the University’s support through the Centre of Excellence in Agri-food Technologies to ensure their rapid growth and success.”

Elevation plans for the building. | Photo: Core Architects

The Food Enterprise Zone is a major development led by Lincolnshire County Council and delivered in partnership with the University of Lincoln, South Holland District Council and the Greater Lincolnshire LEP.

It is hoped the Holbeach FEZ will have more than 59,500m2 of work space and 900 residential units.

It includes an institute of technology and major companies working on the automation and robotics industry will be targeted for investment into the area.

A Lincolnshire-based firm transports puppies, kittens, birds of prey and other animals across England, Scotland and Wales and The Lincolnite spoke to the owner about his rather unique job.

Pet To Vet was established back in 2010 after business owner Ian Mackenzie, 54, had spent 30 years in the food industry.

Ian, who has lived in Lincolnshire for the last 15 years, was stuck in Denmark with a customer doing a factory audit when one of his own pets back home became ill.

He had difficulty sorting a vet for his cat and on his flight home was thinking about how others must have the same problem, prompting him to launch his own business.

Pet To Vet is a DEFRA-approved pet transporter based in Cranwell and Holbeach, covering anywhere from Cornwall up to Scotland.

It can see as many as over 30 animals a week. Only one person’s pet is on board at any one time, with no multi drops or mixed loads.

The main three animal groups the firm deals with are puppies, kittens and birds of prey, as it works with a range of rescue organisations, as well as the charity StreetVet.

The company’s work has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, as normally Pet To Vet does a lot of vet referrals and transits, including if an animal from an owner or kennels/cattery needs transported for critical care or specialist surgery.

Although many vets are shut for routine treatments and a lot of the firm’s rescue work has had to temporarily stop, there has been no rest for Ian and his busy team of six other staff, who are all trained in animal first aid.

Just some of the adorable animals Pet To Vet have helped.

If somebody is housebound and their pet is seriously ill or has died, or if the owner dies and the animal needs to be taken into specialised care, Pet To Vet is on hand to assist.

This year, for example, they took some parrots to Lincolnshire Wildlife Park after the owner had sadly passed away.

The Lincolnshire business also takes pets to airports and ports, or pick them up if they have been quarantined, as well as working with police, social services, the courts and the RSPCA. This could include if an animal needs to be removed from an abusive owner.

Another area of the work that has increased massively during lockdown is transporting pets between a breeder and the new owners.

However, Ian has urged people to think carefully before taking on new pets during lockdown as situations will change when people go back to work.

The family-owned business has a proud history of animal transportation that goes back over 100 years.

Ian’s great great uncle Mark was a licensed carter, who transported poultry and small animals by horse and cart around Devon and Cornwall in the early 1800s.

This passion has passed on through generations of the family, who have all been involved in transport directly or indirectly ever since.

Ian, who owns fish and a little Russian cat called Bluebell, told The Lincolnite: “I love my job. It is very unique. In a lot of cases they can’t get their own pets to the vet so we make a difference and it is hugely rewarding.

“We put a lot of passion and care into it and treat every pet like our own, whether it is a quick half an hour trip to the vet or six hours up to Scotland.”

Pet To Vet’s vehicles are purpose built and designed with the animal’s safety and comfort in mind.

Pet To Vet shares work with Hertfordshire-based Pawsome Transport UK. In 2018, Pet To Vet formed a consortium under the Pawsome Transport UK brand to help give clients the best deal possible across England, Scotland and Wales.

Although they often deal with puppies, kittens and birds, the service is available for a wide range of other animals, with gerbils, snakes, chinchillas and even a peacock using the pet taxis. They team were even once called out to help relocate Bertie the escaped white peacock who became a bit of a media star in Sussex.

Any domestic pet that will fit in the vehicle is eligible for the service – see more information here or call Pet To Vet on 07472816444. Prices vary depending on what the job is, but can range from a £30 trip to the vet and back in Lincoln, to up to £600 in Scotland.

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