East Lindsey investment of £28m outlined by county council

Cllr Colin Davie
Cllr Colin Davie

Over the past four years the council has invested around £28m in improving and expanding services for the residents of East Lindsey.

Every year the county council provides essential services for residents such as:

  • looking after elderly and vulnerable residents,
  • making sure our young people get the best possible start,
  • the fire and rescue service
  • maintaining the roads and
  • disposing of waste and recycling.

Cllr Colin Davie, executive councillor for economy and place at the county council, explained:

"Over £7m of that investment has gone towards improving schools in the area. As well as high quality teaching, it's important that pupils have the right learning environment to make sure they get the best education. This funding has provided everything from classroom extensions and new IT equipment, to new heating systems, roof repairs and rewiring.

"East Lindsey has also benefitted immensely from our broadband improvement project. Thanks to the scheme, over 57,000 more properties can now access superfast broadband – a service which is vital to keep residents connected and to help businesses grow in the modern world.

"Residents across the county are benefitting from the roll out of an £8m investment in new fire engines and state of the art fire and rescue equipment. The fire stations in East Lindsey will all be better equipped to deal with emergencies– at Louth, Skegness, Wainfleet, Wragby, Alford, Spilsby, Mablethorpe, North Somercotes, Woodhall Spa and Horncastle.

"Just last month we also announced a new £2.7m expansion to Skegness Industrial Estate to help diversify the local economy and provide more year round employment.

"We've also been successful in securing money from the Department for Transport's emergency active travel fund. We will be putting in temporary measures to create more space for pedestrians and cyclists in some key areas of the county.

"In Horncastle, for example we'll be pedestrianising part of the Market Place in the next couple of weeks, which will also support local traders as they try to recover from the severe disruption they have experienced this year.

"Our coastal areas are an amazing asset and we're investing in facilities to help local people and visitors access and enjoy these spaces. This includes the North Sea Observatory, the 16-mile coastal path, and the upcoming Boatshed café at Huttoft. 

"At the end of last year, we also completed the £5.7m Go Skegness project, which has seen major improvements to the town's cycleways, footpaths and public transport infrastructure to help alleviate town centre congestion and help support tourism.

"And, from this September, an eight-month project to give Roman Bank in Skegness a new lease of life will start, thanks to £3.6m in funding we received from the Department for Transport. We'll be replacing worn out road and footway surfacing, and also improving the area's drainage and refurbishing a much-used pedestrian crossing.

"Across the district, we've been improving the roads with major resurfacing schemes. This includes the A16 Louth bypass, the A158 at Horncastle and the B1191 at Woodhall Spa. We're planning more improvements along Lincolnshire's coastal highway to help alleviate congestion and support the economy."

Published: 13th August 2020