West Lindsey council breaks ground on new £5million service depot at Caenby Corner

West Lindsey District Council has broken ground on its new £5million service depot, which is expected to open next autumn.

The site at Caenby Corner, will replace existing 1970s facilities at North Warren Road in Gainsborough and Gallamore Lane Industrial Estate in Market Rasen, which are no longer fit for purpose.

Council leader Owen Bierley said: “We’re delighted to see work get underway at the new depot. This is a huge scheme for us.

“Having one central facility will not only enable the current vital operational services to be carried out in a safe and efficient way but will also future proof the expanding district following the build of new homes in the coming years.”

From left, councillors Paul Howitt-Cowan, Steve England, Jeff Summers, Owen Bierley and chief executive Ian Knowles.

He added: “We are investing in the service area to ensure that our vitally important operational services continue to be delivered.”

The designs for the site were given the green light at a planning committee meeting in April and have received unanimous cross-party support.

Plans have been drawn up with with everyday operations in mind, including a fleet parking area, storage buildings, wash facilities, and visitor parking.

The two-storey main operations building has been positioned to offer a visual landmark from the A631, and will be constructed of brick, insulated aluminium panels and glazing in keeping with the surrounding buildings, plus solar panels on the roof.

Ady Selby, assistant director of operational and commercial services, said: “The primary aim of the depot is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for our staff, as well as delivering a top-quality facility that can accommodate any waste, cleansing or recycling service needs for the next 50 years.”

Councillor Jeff Summers, ward member for Waddingham and Spital, added: “I’m really pleased to see work start. The plans are very impressive and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished building next year.

“This modern, centrally positioned facility will finally meet the health and safety needs of our staff and contribute to the operational efficiencies we need to achieve.”

The principal contractor on the development is Henry Boot Construction Limited, in partnership with Whittam Cox Architects and Waterman Group.

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