UP TO 40 jobs will be created at a new family pub being built on the outskirts of Bourne.
Work on the Marston’s pub near the Elsea Park roundabout in South Road is well under way and it is set to open in December.
South Kesteven District Council leader Linda Neal (Con), who represents Bourne West, said: “The job creation is brilliant.
“We have had the national GDP figures come out this week which were dismal so against that backdrop it is absolutely brilliant news for the town.”
Coun Neal said: “I think the pub will be an important asset to Bourne and unlike any other facilities that we currently have.”
Neville Hyde, from Toolbar in Bourne, an organisation which helps the unemployed find work, said: “We are very pleased at new job opportunities being created in Bourne and I only hope that they go to people from the town.”
Neville said Toolbar was still getting a number of unemployed people coming to use its services, with up to five new people turning up each week.
A recruitment banner for the Marston’s pub is currently hanging from a fence at the site.
Construction company Lindum Group, which is based in North Hykeham, which is to build a petrol station alongside the pub, has also started work on the site.
Lindum Group has outline planning permission for the long-awaited second petrol station in the town but plans have stalled since district councillors voted to restrict operating hours from 6am to 11.30pm amid concerns over the impact on neighbouring homes.
Lindum Group wants the petrol station to be open 24 hours a day.
Its spokesman Sandra Hannon said: “Things are progressing well.”
She said the company would be submitting a detailed planning application soon and would be seeking to vary the conditions imposed on the opening hours.
“The issue of 24-hour opening is key to the feasibility of the petrol station,” she said.