Council to buy Hemswell land

West Lindsey District Councillor Paul Howitt-Cowan and Chairman of Hemswell Cliff Parish Council Cllr Col Sweeney, survey land at Hemswell Cliff.
West Lindsey District Councillor Paul Howitt-Cowan and Chairman of Hemswell Cliff Parish Council Cllr Col Sweeney, survey land at Hemswell Cliff.

West Lindsey District Council has agreed to press ahead with plans to buy land ‘in the heart of the community’ at Hemswell Cliff, near Gainsborough.

Once the site, which is more than five acres, has been purchased and the necessary checks carried out on the land, the council will transfer ownership to Hemswell Cliff Parish Council.

Hemswell councillor Paul Howitt-Cowan said he was delighted with the news.

“This land is an important asset to the community as it is the last open space of any significance available in the centre of the village.”

“We are planning to work closely with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, which is in charge of selling the MOD assets at Hemswell.”

He continued: “They have agreed to sell the land to us at market value so we can then give it back to the community.”

Coun Howitt-Cowan added: “It is hoped the space will be used as an outdoor focal point for community activities, which could include a multi-use games area, football pitch and village green.”

The council has also agreed to provide a grant of up to £10,000 to support the development of community facilities at Hemswell Cliff Primary School.

Headteacher Suzanne Scott said she was pleased with the council’s commitment.

“This is fantastic news,” she said. “We always wanted to do something like this but we did not have the resources to do it. Thanks to West Lindsey District Council’s grant we will be able to make the necessary changes to share our facilities with the community and make them feel part of the school.”