Demolition work on Market Rasen’s old brewery has begun to make way for a new commercial development, which will create 18 jobs.
The former Market Rasen Brewery Company site in Oxford Street is to be cleared to allow Tradelight Lighting Solutions to expand and create a new showroom and space for sister company Cema Energy, which specialises in biofuels and thermo dynamic technology.
A small number of new homes are also planned for the rear of the site which faces onto Serpentine Street.
A planning application has not yet been made, but the brewery buildings have been subject to demolition orders since before Tradelight moved to the site in early 2012.
Roy Goodyear, from Tradelight said the old timber roof trusses will be reused in construction of the showrooms.
He added: “We want to create 18 new jobs on the site, I don’t think there is somebody else doing that in Rasen.
“We want to give the youth of Market Rasen an opportunity.
“We have two apprentices already but we want to create another raft of apprenticeships and these jobs will be local jobs.”
The brewery buildings have been disused for a number of years, but many Market Rasen residents were not happy to see part of the town’s heritage knocked down.
Adrian Richards was just one of many who posted their disappointment on the Market Rasen Memories Facebook Group.
He said: “Such a significant monumental representation of the town’s brewing history, gone just like that.”
Tradelight are looking to create 10,000 sq ft of additional commercial space over two floors and the buildings should be carbon neutral when finished.
The brewery buildings are not listed and are outside of the conservation area.