Editor’s Comment: Gainsborough needs new jobs and investment

Proposed site for the Carr Lane Retail Park
Proposed site for the Carr Lane Retail Park

In February last year we revealed that 50 new jobs were on the way for Gainsborough as part of plans for a new retail park on Carr Lane.

Some 18 months on and little progress seems to have been made.

There is little sign of any work - which was due to start earlier this year - having been made on the site.

If Gainsborough is to grow and prosper it needs fresh investment, and it needs new jobs.

These are the mainstays of any vibrant local economy.

There are some businesses in the town centre who, understandably, have concerns over what effect such a development could have on them.

The good news is, it has been proved elsewhere that town centres and out-of-town retail parks can co-exist in a way which is beneficial to the whole town.

We will have to wait and see if the Carr Lane Retail Park plan will ever fully get off the ground.

If it doesn’t then West Lindsey District Council needs to take decisive action to find a new developer to develop that land and bring with it a boost to the local economy.