LETTER: This is what has changed, Mr Sinclair

I think Mr Sinclair is well aware that South Holland is a long way from the Hong Kong I lived in, in the late 70s where our blocks of flats had the only grassed areas in Kowloon Tong. A growing population does require feeding, but it also requires decent and affordable housing. South Holland’s population has increased from just over ...

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LETTER: Would you prefer a fine?

May I respond to James Penfold’s letter regarding Community Speed Watch volunteers and the role they play in community life. Firstly the programme is about educating the motorist to drive not only within speed limits, but also to drive safely through our villages and ultimately to save lives. All our volunteers receive the same training any police officers/PCSOs using a ...

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LETTER: Just a resident who’s fed up with speeding

I would like to take the opportunity to respond to James Penfold’s email about Community Speed Watch in the Spalding area. As a resident of Weston Hills, just outside Spalding, I was delighted to hear about the Community Speed Watch initiative and was one of the first to put my name forward. I retired due to ill-health and moved to ...

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LETTER: Mr Penfold has missed the point

I read with interest last week’s diatribe from James Penfold about so called ‘bib wearing narcissists’ and his indignant response to receiving an advisory letter from Lincolnshire Police notifying him that he had been observed speeding through Moulton Chapel. As one of the ‘green bib wearing narcissists’ I would suggest that he has completely missed the point during his rant ...

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LETTER: Could fire prone site be cleared?

Good to note the page two editorial within The Voice on April 18 concerning the flagrant abuse of the Pecks Drove (old Grooms site) in Spalding, by its current tenants/owner. Once again we have had to request fire services to this site – just imagine the expense incurred and of course at the moment all down to us taxpayers. It ...

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LETTERS – Relief Road views taken seriously

Over recent weeks, many Spalding residents have shared their views, opinions and concerns with me about our initial route proposals for the middle sections of the new Spalding Western Relief Road. I have taken these very seriously and, therefore, have made the decision to look again at the proposed route of the central section. Our ambition as a county council is ...

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LETTERS – Speeding should be left to the police

I read with interest your article about recruiting Community Speed Watch Volunteers and beg to differ that they are amazing and full of achievements. In my case I received a letter stating I had been observed going above the speed limit in Moulton Chapel and my details passed to the police. The letter contained no evidence, no picture, had no ...

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LETTERS – Thanks for your help after fall

After a bad fall in Holland Market, Spalding, on April 2, I sincerely wish to thank all of the people involved in coming to my rescue and for all the kindness and the help they gave me. Brian

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LETTER: The utmost respect

Regular readers may be surprised to hear that Craig Jackson and Alan Meekings, typically seen as representing opposite ends of the Leave-Remain spectrum, met recently in person in Holbeach to discuss how the current Brexit crisis might potentially be resolved and what our future trade relationships with the EU and the rest of world might look like. Interestingly, we agreed ...

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LETTER: Relief Road meeting response

Having attended the meeting at the Vista on Saturday March 30 to listen to concerns expressed by the action group, I would like to respond to what I believe are a number of pieces of misinformation that were presented. Let me start by saying that I agree that LCC has mishandled the process of consultation with the affected communities. LCC ...

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LETTER: Speed Watch volunteers needed

Recently another group attended the Castle Sports Complex for the Community Speed Watch Training Session. Leading the initiative in South Holland as the Community Speed Watch Police Support Volunteer for South Holland, this initiative is certainly working. It gives volunteers the power to track speeding motorists, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Marc Jones thought this would be a great ...

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LETTERS – Well done to carnival committee

I am writing to congratulate the Pinchbeck Carnival Committee for the Carnival Cabaret; an evening of entertainment which I enjoyed last Friday (March 29). The acts were varied and professional and all the Royalty contestants were delightful. I must particularly thank the organiser, John Pailing, who brought the whole show together. Thanks also go to the compere, Jeff Woods, who ...

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LETTERS – AED at school gates

I was contacted by the Vice Chairman of Spalding United Youth Football Club, Andrew Slayven. Andrew asked if we could assist with funding the purchase and installation of an AED (Defibrillator Unit) at West Pinchbeck, and with the permission of the Head Teacher, James Shawley, it was agreed a unit could be located at the front gates of St Bartholomew’s ...

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LETTERS – Get together and find a solution now

A message to Parliament on our broken democracy. I have always and still do support leaving the EU, preferably with a deal or some sort of compromise, without one if that fails, but I never anticipated such a mess. If there is one benefit from this near disaster it’s demonstrated that our political, electoral, and governmental systems are broken. Outdated, ...

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LETTERS – What will expansion mean?

Regarding your page 6 report in the Spalding & South Holland Voice, Thursday, March 21, and the announcement of the Springfields Outlet expansion plans for the centre. Firstly, I would welcome what the expansion would bring to the area along with more jobs for local people that would improve the local economy. I also note the improvements have already been ...

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LETTERS – Wrong about junction

George Scott is completely wrong when he says that Werrington junction at Peterborough is being altered so more freight trains can be rerouted via Spalding. Construction of the flyunder is to avoid the use of East Coast Main Line tracks between Peterborough station and the three or so miles to Werrington junction; at the moment all Spalding trains have to ...

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LETTER: Busy footpath is my concern

Much is being made of the new Western Bypass but it seems that (perhaps intentionally) little attempt is being made to talk to the people who are going to be most affected. The Bourne Road fiasco comes to mind. My concern is at the other end. At the junction of Blue Gowt Road and Blue Gowt Lane is the footpath ...

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LETTER: Pertinent Brexit facts

Phillip James (VMail, March 21) proposes ignoring Alan Meekings’s ‘ranting’. But far from just ranting, Mr Meekings has brought out numerous pertinent facts that deserve notice in the continuing debate over Brexit. It would be good if facts, rather than assertions and slogans, were made central. Let me try a couple. It is often said or implied by ‘leavers’, that ...

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LETTER: Fear CSW will not achieve the results

I would like to comment on the Community Speed Watch (CSW) initiative. Whilst I applaud Jan Whitbourn, the co-ordinator, for her efforts to reduce the horrific incidence of speeding through villages in our area I would like to again express my doubts about this scheme. As I have stated in previous correspondence, the fact that those who receive a warning ...

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LETTER: Another side to the story

I was pleased to see the article about the waste of council money in the 21 March issue of the Voice. We seem to hear frequently in the local media from Conservative portfolio holders about what a good job they are doing and to be fair, quite often they are. It’s perfectly reasonable that they are given these opportunities to ...

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