Goole is fast becoming East Yorkshire's economic boom town as another exciting development revealed
A new business innovation centre is being planned in Goole
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 22 Feb 2019
As the UK's most inland port, it was once rather optimistically dubbed the Venice of the North.
But Goole now appears to be shrugging off the music hall jokes it has long been associated with.
Instead, the place previously best known for its twin water towers is rapidly becoming the East Riding's economic boom town.
Following investment in a glass-manufacturing plant by Guardian Industries and a distribution centre by Tesco, more jobs are on the horizon at development land near the M62 at Junction 36 courtesy of Siemens and a £200m rail facility assembling new trains for the London Underground.
Last month Hull-based Beal Homes announced plans to build 800 new homes on a nearby 73-acre site, creating a development with an estimated value of £130m.
The Port of Goole can now be powered entirely from solar panels (ABP)
And just last week Associated British Ports completed a £1m project installing nearly 4,400 solar panels on four buildings, capable of creating enough electricity during peak generation times to run the port solely from clean energy.
Now in a further boost for the town, East Riding Council has revealed it is looking to build a new business innovation centre at the Junction 36 site.
Subject to securing funding, it is likely to mirror the council's £4m investment in the recently-opened Ergo centre at the Bridgeview business park near the Humber Bridge.
Councillor Andy Burton, cabinet member for economic development, said: "We have aspirations to increase our business services presence at Goole which is currently experiencing much economic growth.
"We would like to build an Ergo-type business innovation centre on the Junction 36 site. This would enable us to support the supply chain linked to the manufacturing businesses who are either there or who are looking to move onto J36, such as Siemens Mobility.
The new Ergo centre in Hessle (Peter Harbour)
"We have identified a suitable piece of land in the Enterprise Zone site. This is currently under Homes England ownership and we are in discussion with them.
"We are exploring funding streams for this project and we have submitted a local growth fund expression of interest to the Humber LEP."
Watch: The new ergo business centre opening
The Ergo centre at Hessle was a collaboration between the council and the University of Hull, with funding support from the LEP.
Cllr Burton also confirmed a £1.2m budget allocation towards a proposed new business centre at the council-owned Grovehiill site in Beverley.
"Design work is underway and planning approval will be applied for later this year. We are hoping for completion early next year," he added.