LETTER: Must we build more houses in Holbeach?

For the past few weeks as I’ve looked out of our back windows, I’ve seen a beautiful field of daffodils. Today they are dying, but with our flat, fenland landscape I can see for miles, and the contrasting fields that grow the food to feed us, so how disappointing, and disturbing, to learn that yet another site for building is proposed ...

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LETTER: Enough is enough on stirring up racial hatred in Spalding

In Spalding there is a Facebook page called “Spotted Spalding” – the principle behind the page is that people can make posts anonymously. This page has more than 19,000 “likes”. On Saturday afternoon a post was made that included a photograph of a lady by some flower containers with a comment accusing her of stealing the plants. This could not ...

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LETTER: Regeneration plan for Holbeach little more than buying paint

I thank Coun Worth for his contribution (Mail, April 13) to the debate about who represents Holbeach at Lincoln, because that’s what his letter is about. Maybe a reply is in order and I’ll try to keep it brief, so as not to upset him too much. He is, in part, personally responsible for the withdrawal of library funding and ...

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LETTER: Can anybody help fill gaps in my family tree research?

I have hit a wall in my family tree research. I am trying to find out information about any living relatives that we have lost touch with, over 60 years ago. My father was born in 1941 in Peterborough to Doris Minnie McCarthy (nee Vellam), born 1922 in Double Street, Spalding and Joseph McCarthy, from Lancashire. They lived in Winsover ...

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LETTER: Is county council trying to discourage proper claims?

Recently my daughter was unfortunate to receive damage to the suspension of her car when travelling from Pinchbeck to Spalding. She notified Lincolnshire County Council as the damage was the result of a badly fitting drain cover on the road. A letter has now been received from the county council (unsigned) enclosing a SEVEN-page report form to complete. However, in ...

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LETTER: Vote Labour for hope and change

With the county county elections being only weeks away, the electorate will have a choice to make for the future of our services. As central government continue to starve local authorities from adequate funding we see our council tax on the increase. We seem to have gone backwards by paying more for less, but we deserve better as our front ...

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LETTER: Time for change so public engagement and democracy can bloom

There are six candidates for Spalding Elloe and a divided vote means it is almost certain the Tory will be returned. I have written to the other four candidates suggesting this is a time for unity as once it is shown the Tories can be beaten, public engagement and democracy will bloom. I would also ask every individual voter to ...

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LETTER: Here’s the real picture of Holbeach

Paul Foyster’s numerous essays to The Voice, no doubt done to raise his own profile, raise a number of points. I make no apology for an equally lengthy response. His well publicised ten-point plan is in the main, the remit of the parish council of which he is a senior councillor. Seems like the ball is in his court… Paul ...

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LETTER: Was council chief executive really talking about her loyal staff?

I read with interest your front-page article (“Jobs worry for 100 district council staff”, April 6) about the forthcoming service review at South Holland District Council. Am I the only one left thinking that, if anything like this many jobs are axed after seven years of austerity, there won’t be a district council left worthy of the name? Will we ...

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LETTER: Silence from South Holland District Council over town centre is deafening

The last two weeks have seen Spalding shopkeepers raise serious concerns about the commitment of our council to our town centre. Despite an unnamed South Holland District Council spokesman being quoted in the press saying, “we are committed to ensuring Spalding town centre is a vibrant retail location and remains the primary retail destination for Spalding”, there has been no other voices out ...

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POEM: Make sure you cherish Mum every day

For many, the sending of a card or gift to their mother this Sunday is not an option, although they are often in their thoughts. This poem may reflect the thoughts in many minds.                        Mother’s Day With a pretty bow tied around a bunch And I may even take her out for lunch Again it’s that special day of ...

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LETTER: Chief constable, withdraw this victim support PR nonsense!

It is with absolute disbelief that I write with regard to complete police inaction following a theft from my property a while back. I have already had cause to bring this to the attention of the wider public, when it happened to a neighbour, with a letter published in this paper on December 2 last year. Having made the journey to ...

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LETTER: Police and Crime Commissioner role a waste of time and resources

I have today received my council tax bill for 2017/2018. I note that £205.47 from a total of £1,572.28 (13.07 per cent) is due to the Police and Crime Commissioner. I never agreed to the creation of this position and feel it is a waste of time and resources. I would rather see that money added to the adult social ...

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LETTER: Holbeach residents did not accept market move without protest

I agree with much of Mrs Woolard’s letter (March 16) – Holbeach is struggling! However, I take great exception to her comment that “Holbeach appeared to accept the decision without protest”. I do not believe Mrs Woolard attended the public meeting at the Methodist Church on August 15, 2016, where the room provided in accordance with South Holland District Council (SHDC) wishes ...

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LETTER: Springfields expansion would further harm Spalding town centre

Is it really all those years ago that a small number of councillors, of whom I was one, went to visit two outlet shopping centres, prior to the proposal to open one at Springfields? We went to see the ones at Bicester in Oxfordshire, and Street in Somerset. The principal difference between them and the one near Spalding was, and ...

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LETTER: Bad practice on our roads prevails

I watched traffic going past my home for about an hour at school leaving time on Wednesday (March 15), when the road use was busy, and saw eight people in particular. Two I could clearly see were using their phones, both of them professional drivers. The rest of them were looking down at their lap, it was fairly obvious as ...

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LETTER: Back-slapping now over Holbeach work but Tories have history of unfulfilled promises

There is now much publicity about the coming work at Peppermint Junction in Holbeach. At last we get the roundabout that should have been built there in the first place.   There seems to be a sudden spurt of activity and media coverage about our council portfolio holders. These people are appointed by the leaders of the Conservative ruling party. Our local ...

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LETTER: Springfields, try longer opening hours for starters!

Re. Springfields. Expansion of the opening hours to weekdays at 9am and Sunday at 10am would be good for starters! Terry Byatt via email

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LETTER: Council at fault over Springfields

Your front page (March 9) casually mentioned that “Springfields, which opened in 2005, was always supposed to have been limited in what it could sell so that it didn’t compete with the town centre”. Followed by the “acceptance by South Holland District Council that that policy has never been properly enforced”. It wasn’t properly enforced because it had never been ...

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LETTER: Never mind Springfields, what about town centre’s future?

I read with interest your front page (March 9) regarding the expansion plans for Springfields Shopping Outlet. Yes, I agree, with the ongoing housing development plan for South Holland, it will bring thousands of homes which will be built over the next three decades, bringing more people, more cars and the greater need for added infrastructure and amenities. With more ...

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