Construction will begin in early 2021 on an expansion costing just over £6.5 million at a special school in Spilsby, including a new block with additional facilities.

Lincolnshire County Council is investing £50 million in improving and expanding special schools across the county over the next few years.

The latest project will involve extensive remodelling of the existing buildings at Eresby Special School in Spilsby and its capacity will increase by an additional 20 places.

The new block will include five classrooms, a hall, ICT and science spaces, as well as small group rooms, hygiene facilities and staff and meeting spaces.

The existing school will be remodelled to provide a design/technology and art room, a physiotherapy space, a visiting professional/therapy space, a parents’ room, a hygiene suite, a disabled toilet and staff/administration spaces.

Works are expected to be completed in early 2022.

Councillor Patricia Bradwell OBE, executive member for children’s services, said: “We want all local children to get a great start in life, and a good education is key to that.

“That’s why we are investing £50m in improving and expanding special schools across the county over the next few years.

“This will be the third project to begin construction, following Boston Endeavour Academy and The Willoughby Academy in Bourne.

“These improvements will ensure all children in the local area are able to receive high quality education as near their family and local community as possible.”

Plans to build 600 homes and a doctors’ surgery near Spilsby will be unveiled later this week before a planning application is submitted to the council at the end of October.

The proposed Spila Fields development from developers Gin Property (Spilsby) Limited will be on a 35-hectare site to the east of Spilsby. The site is included in East Lindsey District Council’s Local Plan for new housing.

The development will stretch along the eastern boundary of Spilsby between Ashby Road to the north and Halton Road to the south, creating 600 homes of different sizes and tenures.

The site is only accessible by car from the north and south and extends into open countryside, with limited impact on views from the east.

If the soon to be submitted planning application is approved, work will start in the spring/summer of 2021.

East Lindsey District Council recognised the need for more housing inn its 2018 Local Plan and identified the need for a new doctors’ surgery to reach more people and offer wider services.

This aspect has now been approved by the NHS East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which is due to start its own 12-week public consultation.

Developers have set up a website for locals to find out more about the scheme, and they are calling for feedback as they said the current pandemic has ruled out a public consultation event.

The consultation will run from October 14 to 23 and people can leave their comments on the website or write to Robert Doughty Consultancy, 32 High St, Helpringham, Sleaford NG34 0RA.

Masterplan of the site.

Stuart Robinson, of developers Gin Property (Spilsby) Limited, said: “We are really excited about this scheme and believe it will be transformative both in terms of economic benefits and for people living locally.

“We feel that this is an ideal time to help create an economic boost for Spilsby and East Lindsey. The area’s businesses, amenities and retail outlets need support to thrive and grow.

“And while Spila Fields has been designed with local people in mind, we also recognise the importance of attracting people from outside to choose to live and work in this lovely area and to contribute to its future success.”

An aircraft crash near Spilsby which killed 55-year-old Simon Barrett last year was a result of the engine not being fit for flying, a new report found.

Barrett was found dead at the scene of the crash at Mavis Enderby in December 2019, which prompted a full investigation into the aircraft and the circumstances of the incident.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch published a report which showed the engine had “several defects” and “suffered a partial engine failure shortly after taking off.”

The plane went down in Mavis Enderby. Photo: BBC

The report found that the pilot had over 1,300 hours of flying experience spanning over 30 years, and took to the skies to test out a modification to the plane’s fuel system.

Investigators found the engine to be in a poor condition with numerous issues, including a crack in the cylinder head, a split in the inlet manifold joint and deposits on the valve seats.

This combination of issues could well have been the primary factor in the aircraft crashing and subsequently killing Simon Barrett.

Simon’s family described him as “a family man, a devoted, supportive and loving husband to his wife and doting dad to his daughter.”

They said: “Simon loved flying and flew his plane whenever the weather was looking fine and he had some spare time. A huge hole has been left in our lives.”

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