LETTER: Why can’t toilets be maintained?

I have just read the letter from Heather James regarding the disgusting state of the toilets at the bus station and agree with everything she says.Why would people want to visit Spalding when these so-called facilities are in such a terrible state? As Heather pointed out – if other towns can maintain their toilets, why can’t Spalding?I am also amazed ...

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LETTER: What’s stance of local councillors?

Following the recent disgusting and disgraceful behaviour of the Prime Minister and all those working out of the offices at No 10, I would like to address our local councillors, in general, but the two members representing the (my) ward of Whaplode and Holbeach St Johns, in particular.I would like to publicly canvass your current position(s) with regard to your ...

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LETTER: Totally agree over toilets

I fully endorse the comments made by Heather James regarding the condition of the toilet facilities in Spalding.Those in the Sheepmarket, which were originally opened several years ago to great acclaim, have through great misuse and lack of maintenance been closed now for a while.Those by the bus station are disgusting, probably for similar reasons, and urinals in the men’s ...

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LETTER: Time to move on to real matters

Am I the only one in the country not over-excited about the conflated anger and fury in the national media and opposition parties about the garden party in the Number 10 garden?Mr Johnson is being accused of illegality and being pressured to resign.Yet these disclosures are the result of the illegal actions of left wing spies and sympathisers leaking emails ...

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LETTER: What’s happening at pool?

A copy of my letter to Coun Gary Taylor:Would you please explain to me the current operation at the Castle Swimming Pool and the reasoning behind the continued 45-minute bookable time slots and enforced 15-minute breaks.We have been told on a number of occasions the breaks are:a) because of COVIDb) because of the cleaning regimec) because of staffing levelsMy issue ...

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Man told ‘chances have now gone’

A Spalding man currently on a suspended prison sentence has been told his ‘chances have now gone’ by a judge who spared him from an immediate custodial sentence for breaching the order.George Robert Lee (43), of Hereward Road, admitted fraud by false representation when he appeared before District Judge Peter Veits sitting at Boston Magistrates’ Court.Prosecuting, Marie Stace said a ...

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LETTER: Time to improve toilets

Following a trip into Spalding this week I have an obvious suggestion for improving the town.The public toilets are a disgrace.Only those near the bus station are open and they leave a lot to be desired.The toilets do not flush easily and because of this are often left unflushed making the whole area smell.There is frequently no toilet paper, but ...

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LETTER: Who will defend them?

In the ancient religious culture of the Druids great numbers of human sacrifices were made. A practice I find disturbing. Does this give me the right to knock down Stonehenge?Many of our values and traditions are under threat and are not helped by Sir John Hayes and his colleagues in a ‘Mickey Mouse’ outfit called, The Common Sense Group.While they ...

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LETTER: Thanks for Santa support

Spalding Lions would like to say a big thank you to everyone and to the residents of the villages that we recently visited with Santa.We have had one of the most successful years of raising money and it would not be so without your kind donations.We would also like to say a big thank you to Morrison’s supermarkets for supporting ...

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LETTER: Millions facing cost catastrophe

Millions of families are facing a “cost of living catastrophe” due to soaring energy bills and rising taxes, an economic think tank has warned.The Resolution Foundation said that from next April, families would typically face a £1,200 a year hit to their incomes as the energy price cap is raised and a 1.25 per cent increase in National Insurance Contributions ...

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LETTER: Keep buying British

Eureka! I actually bought an electrical item made in the UK.My second purchase of a lamp from IKEA was made in India.It’s going to be a good year, keep looking and buy British when ever possible.Do not be fooled by products emblazoned with the Union Flag, like Russell Hobbs and Bayliss & Harding products – they are more likely to ...

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LETTER: Thanks for helping us raise £7,000

President George Clement and members of South Holland Rotary would like to put on record our sincere thanks to the generous people of Spalding who contributed to our Christmas Sleigh Collection last December.2021 was another unusual year so we were unsure of what to expect in the way we would be received.Despite any Covid-19 restrictions and the rising cost of ...

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LETTER: What was personal part?

In his advert on your website, John Hayes (not his office or his supporters) is claimed to help thousands of local people each year with their problems.That’s a minimum of 2,000 a year, or an average of 38 a week right through the year.That’s quite a personal load and perhaps explains why he’s not able to be so much in ...

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LETTER: Pass on some goodwill

The community wonders where all the spirit has disappeared to from South Holland – well the council can feel very proud in adding to the doom and gloom. Charging for market stalls in the area is penny pinching and no wonder market stall holders feel aggrieved. Go to the likes of Louth, Melton Mowbray, etc and their market days are ...

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LETTER: Four reasons to be cheerful

Here is a letter without grumbles in it.I find four reasons to be cheerful: The excellent professional service from a teller in Spalding’s Lloyds bank.The prettiness of Hedonism’s window display.The example of the difference between ‘your’, meaning ‘of you, belonging to you’, and ‘you’re’, short for ‘you are’, which can be seen on Wilko’s community board: “Whether you’re selling your ...

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LETTER: Cabinet hates Long Sutton

We are, frankly, amazed at the cabinet of South Holland re-confirming their decision to charge extra for stalls at Long Sutton market.The decision from the Monitoring Panel to refer it back was unanimous – from both independent and conservative members.Coun Nick Worth (chairman) stated it was “only £1.50” and traders ought to be able to afford it – but apparently ...

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LETTERS – Police questions and responses

A few weeks ago The Voice asked readers to submit their questions to Supt Mark Housley. Here are some of the questions and his responses. George Mitchell, of Holbeach, asked about Holbeach Police Station – Dear sir, over the years our police station became a police car park, as the force retreated from the community and we were left with ...

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LETTERS – Gambling den offers no value

Whilst walking around the Market Place visiting the “Christmas Celebration” which I felt was going very well; I could not help but notice that the bookmakers and the existing slot machine shop in town were lit up and had patrons after 7pm and I wondered why the district council planning committee is not unanimously rejecting the application to add another ...

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LETTERS – Thanks for Pride Awards support

I would like to thank everyone who took part in Pride of South Holland Awards this year.  Without the nominees and sponsors we simply couldn’t have done it. Firstly a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, without whom, none of this would have been possible: Couns Gary Taylor, Paul Redgate, Harry Drury, Jack Tyrrell, Manzur Hasan, Glynis Scalese ...

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LETTERS – Please do the right thing

Dear Coun Grocock, I note with dismay that Merkur Slots has made an application for all day gambling in the former Dorothy Perkins premises. Many of the same objections apply as pertained to the previous planning application: Gambling is a national problem leading to mental health problems and financial difficulties – we all know who the real winners are in ...

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