Councils and businesses work to support economic growth

A scheme to support economic growth by upgrading Ings Lane in Kirkbymoorside is scheduled to begin this month.

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The work, which will cost up to £475,000, is the result of a partnership between Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and local businesses.

It will remove barriers to growth and unlock job creation opportunities for two advanced engineering employers in Ryedale. The scheme will incorporate a package of upgrades, including alterations to the roundabout with the A170 to allow easier HGV turning movements and localised widening, strengthening and edge reinforcement on Ings Lane.

Julian Rudd, Housing and Planning Lead for the LEP and External Partnerships Lead at Ryedale District Council, said: “From the District Council’s on-going discussions with Marshall Advanced Composites and Forum Energy Technologies, we knew that Ings Lane was a significant constraint on the operation and future growth of these two important local employers. When the opportunity to secure development funding to look at potential improvements presented itself we jumped at it."

Ryedale District Councillor Luke Ives, Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee, said: “Promoting a strong economy with thriving business and supporting infrastructure is a top priority for the District Council and without the pro-active work of officers working with these employers to understand their plans, securing funding for project development work and on-going liaison with colleagues at the County Council, these improvements would not be happening.”

The District Council secured development funding from the LEP to produce designs, then proposed the scheme to the County Council as suitable for funding from the Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund, which is for schemes additional to other highways works that boost productivity, transport, digital communications, research and development or housing.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “Supporting economic growth across North Yorkshire is a priority for the County Council, as is working with our partners, so we consulted our colleagues in district and borough councils about projects that might be suitable when allocating money from the National Productivity Investment Fund. This work will lift constraints on two important employers in the Kirkbymoorside area.”

Dougie Hunter, Managing Director, of Marshall Advanced Composites, one of the businesses that have worked with the councils, said: “Marshall Advanced Composites are delighted that the scheme to improve Ings Lane has been approved. The improvements will be helpful for the movement of goods and supplies from our facility.”

County Councillor Val Arnold, Member for Kirkbymoorside, said: “I’m delighted to see this investment in Kirkbymoorside to support the future growth of local businesses and to safeguard employment in the town.” 

The work is scheduled to start on 20 November and is expected to take about four weeks to complete, depending on the weather.

This story was published 10 November 2017