It would create more than 120 jobs in the long term
A Lincolnshire company is hoping plans to build a new King Prawn hatchery and farm in Crowland will help reduce reliance on imports and reduce carbon emissions.
Flo-Gro Systems has applied to South Holland District Council to build the new facility on Decoy Farm, off Spalding Road.
Documents submitted to the authority said the company, which already has a research and development facility elsewhere in the county, had around £1.7 million of funding in place and wanted to upscale production.
Those behind the business are hoping to grow 250 tonnes a year by 2024, expanding to 2,500 tonnes a year over the following five to seven years.
“Almost all (99.9%) of prawns eaten in this country are imported and almost 50% of carbon emissions linked to food consumption are created overseas from food imports,” said the documents.
“The prawns produced at Decoy Farm will be sold in the UK and will help reduce the reliance on imports.”
Flo-Gro Systems already has routes to market, they said, with prawns already sold to high-end restaurant, food service and retailers such as Mindful Chef, Harrods and Selfridges, along with more than 2,000 customers directly.
Site layout plans submitted to South Holland District Council.
Decoy Farm aims to become a green energy and recycling park and the latest application will include solar panels for energy along with plans to feed into the nearby anaerobic digestion plant on site.
Developers said they want the new building to be as “symbiotic as possible” with the existing facilities and that the entire process of growing the prawns will be “as energy efficient as possible” and will result in “zero waste to landfill” with any waste produced going to nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries.
Flo-Gro Systems will be investing in excess of £20 million in the first phase of development and said the job will also create more than 120 jobs in the long-term.
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Creating a community with a ‘sense of place’
| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
Plans for 66 new homes at Burton Waters near Lincoln have been submitted.
Quintor (Homes), part of Rippon Homes, has lodged an application for the new housing on land at Woodcock Lane to West Lindsey District Council.
The new homes will include a mix of two and three bedroom bungalows and three and four bedroom houses with the former having two car parking spaces each and the latter having three.
Documents submitted to the council said the development would “make a substantial positive contribution to the character and environment at Burton Waters and provides the opportunity to develop a high quality sustainable scheme which follows all the current principles of urban design”.
“The proposal has taken into account the design considerations of the surrounding areas and existing site,” said the applicant’s Design and Access Statement.
“It is considered sympathetic to the character and appearance of the surrounding development area, creating a community with a ‘sense of place’.”
How the site could be laid out.
The documents also outline how the build will look promote sustainable development by “minimising resource uses and maximising energy efficiency”.
Landscaping along the northern and western boundaries will be retained where possible and managed to create a green space.
To see the application in full visit here.
Raising money so Joey can live his best life
A charity football match will raise money towards a trust fund for Joey after the tragic loss of his mum Sammy.
A charity football match has been arranged near Lincoln to help a six-year-old boy “live his best life” after the sad death of his 25-year-old mum.
Sammy Stout had been very poorly from a short-term illness in recent months before her body could no longer fight it. Sadly, her condition deteriorated quickly and she died on Saturday, August 6.
Her six-year-old son Joey loves playing football for Birchwood Colts and the team’s manager Ellen Gray wants to do what she can to help the popular boy.
The fundraising football match and fun day will take place at Skellingthorpe Community Centre between 10am-4pm on Saturday, September 17.
The match between the parents and friends of Joey’s team, and Jerusalem Men’s Suday League team, will kick off at 10.45am.
“Joey doted on his mum, she was his hero,” family friend April Hallam said.
Lincoln bare-knuckle boxer Nathan Decastro and his fellow BKB fighter Anthony Holmes have made donations and will sponsor the team.
The day will also include a bouncy castle, cake stall, tombola, raffle, burger and ice creams vans, face painting, colour hair spray, and sponsored wax.
All money raised will go towards a trust fund for Joey and a GoFundMe page set up by Ellen has already raised over £1,800 – donations can be made online here.
Joey with his football coach Ellen Gray, who has organised the fundraising match.
Ellen, who has coached Joey for two years, told The Lincolnite: “He’s always lifting his players up, he’s got a heart of gold that kid.
“I wanted to do something to make sure Joey has the best life he can and has got something to look forward to.
“I have always been close to Joey. He wrote me a letter shortly after he joined thanking me for letting him join the club and saying how much he thought of me. I want to make sure he knows he’s always loved by many people and we’ll all be there to support him.
“The amount of response we’ve had from people in the community has been amazing with kind words and donations.”
Family friend April is doing everything she can to help get Joey through the loss of his mum and she will also play in the fundraising football match.
Family friend April Hallam knew Sammy for two-and-a-half years and has built up a close bond with Joey. She paid tribute to her friend, saying: “She was always really funny. She would do absolutely anything for anyone and everyone loved being around her.
“She was the type of person, she would go without to make other people happy.”
Joey, 6, is passionate about playing football.
Family friend April is doing everything she can to help get Joey through the loss of his mum and she will also play in the fundraising football match.
She said: “Joey doted on his mum, she was his hero and unfortunately near the end she couldn’t give him anymore due to the illness, but he was always her number one.
“Obviously as a six-year-old boy he’s trying to understand it. He’s been up and down and we’re all here for him and will help him to talk to the stars, saying mum will be the brightest, and on her birthday, he wants to write a letter to her in heaven.
“He’s the sweetest, most handsome little child ever. He’s absolutely amazing. He’s the kid that always wants to do right. He’s being cared for by his nan and uncles who always prioritise Joey and think the absolute world of him.
“Football is his life. The support has been absolutely amazing and everybody has had such kind words. Ellen has been absolutely amazing with everything she is trying to do.”

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