Plans for new education facility given green light

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Plans to create a new education facility and wider public sector hub have been signed off by East Lindsey District Council, following a full Council meeting last night (October 9).

Councillors granted approval for the project to proceed, meaning the District Council can now purchase the land on the former college site on Mareham Road, Horncastle.

The new education facility’s course provision will be linked to the requirements of local employers and adults, allowing adult students and apprentices to access education, including university level courses, creating more accessible learning opportunities in the local area.

Alongside the proposed new education facility, which the District Council is looking to progress with Boston College, the site will be home to wider office facilities to accommodate a number of public sector partners, including East Lindsey District Council.

The District Council has agreed to allocate £6.23m to the project and is also seeking funding of £1.52m from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership towards the total project costs of £8.25m. The Council will also explore other income streams to support the project development and delivery costs to ensure the project is cost neutral within 15 years.

Councillor Craig Leyland, Leader of East Lindsey District Council, said: “I’m pleased that Council has agreed to proceed with this exciting project. The new education facility will provide substantial benefits to the District; helping to equip our residents with valuable skills and ultimately providing a boost to the economy of the area.”