NEW jobs will be created after an East Lindsey recycling firm won a battle to extend its opening hours.
At least 52 jobs will be created at BWtoR Ltd in Addlethorpe, near Skegness.
Three apprentice positions will also be created at the business, with managers promising even more new roles in future.
The news will come as welcome relief for job-hunters in East Lindsey, where there are currently 4,600 unemployed people, which is 8.2 per cent of the working population.
It comes weeks after Skegness-based confectionery business, Glisten, confirmed it was to transfer manufacturing to its plants in Leicester and the Czech Republic with a potential of 87 job losses.
The decision to grant BWtoR Ltd planning permission follows a year-long fight by the company, which used to be called Bowmans Waste to Recycling Ltd.
It had been forced to close in 2012 after Lincolnshire County Council officers claimed they found foul odours coming from the site.
Ken Ellis, operations manager at BWtoR Ltd, said the new planning permission gives them extended opening hours and allows the transportation of the waste on Bank Holidays.
“We just want to move forward now,” he said.
“We have been shut for over a year and we still have waste in the building as it was all those months back and it has never caused an odour problem.
“I am just a job creator. All we want to be is a factory that processes the waste.
“I am a Skegness boy and I will probably know most of these people that come to work here personally and I just can’t wait to get going.
“I am proud to have created these full time positions for the local area.”
The site develops recycling plastic into granules for use in British industries.
Permission to extend was originally refused by Lincolnshire County Council but the site was successful with its appeal.
Wainfleet and Burgh County Councillor Chris Pain was delighted with the decision.
He said: “This is a great boost for local jobs with essential investment into the Skegness area.
“Since being elected as a county councillor, I became heavily involved in this local planning application.
“Today the site has been successful with its appeal. It is a vital investment in industry in our local area, which will provide 52 all year round local jobs.
“The local landfill sites will be closing next year, meaning that Bowmans could be an integral part of LCC’s plans for the future.”