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Up and coming Gainsborough

August 22, 2013 12:27 PM
By Councillor Lesley Rolllings - Town Mayor, Gainsborough Town Council
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

Lesley RollingsLast week I attended a celebration marking the first year of Browns, the York based department store in our town. Browns are delighted with the performance of their new store. This bodes well for Gainsborough and shows that investing in our town is worthwhile. Golf club manufacturer Ping expanded their factory a while back and next month Eminox, makers of bus and truck exhausts, open their new enlarged factory.

The new thirty year Central Lincolnshire Local Plan Core Strategy makes the point that Gainsborough needs to attract inward investment. It says;

"Construction, in particular, would form a natural development and spin-off from the significant levels of growth being proposed for the town. The drive for energy efficiency may provide an opportunity to present Gainsborough as a location for green construction industries. There may also be opportunities to take advantage of both the town's farming hinterland for encouraging agricultural related industries and also its good access to the Grimsby and Hull ports and Doncaster and Humberside airports for attracting companies making use of these points of entry/exit to the UK."

Laudable as these objectives are Browns, Ping and Eminox fall outside the planners' vision for our town and demonstrate that Gainsborough does not need to feel constrained by a strategic plan. You can comment on the Central Lincolnshire plan until September 9th. Visit http://www.central-lincs.org.uk

Watch out in next week's Standard for an article by West Lindsey Councillor David Cotton on the effects for Gainsborough of the Central Lincolnshire Plan.

Gainsborough Town Council is also in the process of putting together a Town Plan. There will be a consultation process but we are happy to receive your ideas and views. Write to our Town Clerk, Matthew Gleadell. e-mailtownclerk@gainsboroughtowncouncil.co.uk

Mr Brown remarked to me at the first anniversary of his new store that he is keen to see Gainsborough Central station developed. It certainly needs a better train service if the planners' objective of attracting businesses using Doncaster and Humberside airports is to be achieved.

In the Market Square on Tuesday 27th August Gainsborough Rail and Bus users group will be conducting a survey to establish the potential demand for Gainsborough Central. I hope the Town Council, in partnership with other communities along the line, will consider how to present a case for more trains from 2017 when the Government let a new franchise for the line.