Council

Waiting list falls to leave council homes empty

Empty council homes are ready and waiting in South Holland with applicants on the waiting list falling by a massive 90 per cent.   While other parts of the country are crying out for housing, South Holland has empty properties which no-one seems to want.   A report due to be discussed by members of the district council’s cabinet on ...

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Businesses rise up the rankings as ratings stay at all-time high

The number of businesses with top-ranked Food Hygiene Ratings in South Holland remains at an all-time high.   Latest figures show that the percentage of businesses in the district with three (satisfactory), four (good) and five (very good) ratings is 98.3 per cent.   Since October 2016, several businesses have seen their ratings increase up to five as a result ...

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County council set to lobby for extra cash

Soaring costs and swinging cuts will see Lincolnshire County Council lobby the government for extra cash.   Members of the council met this week and were asked to approve a document outlining the county’s position and putting a case for revised funding.   Lincolnshire is set to see its elderly population rocket by around 45 per cent over a ten year period, ...

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Pride in South Holland investment to carry on

Continued investment will be made into The Pride in South Holland project – a specific team of council officers charged with cleaning up district grot spots.   South Holland District Council invested £88,000 in the project last year, which focuses on clearing problem areas of things like overgrowth and litter.   Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for environmental services, said: ...

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Planners back 100 new homes for site of village nursery

Plans for 100 new homes in Pinchbeck have been approved by members of South Holland District Council’s planning committee.   But members were not happy that money from the development would be going to a Spalding primary school.   The site at Nursery Fresh Plants will see a mix of affordable, self-build and custom-built houses.   AMJ Construction had previously ...

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Halved housing plan for Pinchbeck poised for approval

A new bid to put housing on Pinchbeck’s Nursery Fresh Plants premises is recommended for approval – albeit for 100 homes instead of the previously indicated 200. AMJ Construction was previously refused permission to build 200 homes on the Keston Nurseries site, in Mill Green Road. The site is located outside of the current settlement boundary of Pinchbeck as outlined ...

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40 new homes planned on Pinchbeck field

A developer wants to build 40 homes on an agricultural field diagonally opposite Birchgrove Garden Centre in Surfleet Road, Pinchbeck. Kirk Homes, of Enterprise Way, Pinchbeck, has submitted the plan to South Holland District Council for a field a little closer to Surfleet than the garden centre. The plan states permission would normally be turned down for the proposal but ...

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Renewed confidence over Holbeach town centre after independent survey

An air of positivity has arisen from an independent assessment of Holbeach town centre. It showed that 29 per cent of the businesses were “excellent beacon status”. And even though the percentage of empty shops at the time of the survey was more than one in seven (15 per cent)  – against a national figure of 11.4 per cent – ...

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Fresh bid to create second consulting room at Pinchbeck GP surgery

Refusing planning permission for an extension of Pinchbeck doctors’ surgery was “unreasonable and unjustified,” a renewed bid for consent claims. Applicant Munro Medical Centre has submitted a new plan to South Holland District Council to create a second consulting room at the Church Walk surgery – refused in March due to fears it would lead to on street parking. A ...

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Council headquarter’s cash desk to close this month

The cash desk at South Holland District Council’s headquarters is to close on Friday, June 30. As previously reported in The Voice, customers will no longer be able to make cash and cheque payments at the offices in Priory Road, Spalding. However, residents and businesses can pay for services at Post Offices and PayPoint stations at more than 30 locations ...

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District councillor’s 256-mile ride in memory of late colleague

A South Holland district councillor is undertaking a mammoth motorcycle ride in memory of Whaplode and Holbeach St Johns member Michael Pullen, who died recently after a short battle with cancer. Coun Jim Astill is doing the ‘Sunrise2Sunset’ challenge on Saturday, June 24. Organised by Bikers4Macmillan, the event sees motorcyclists ride 256 miles from Holyhead in North Wales to Skegness. ...

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Former golf clubhouse could become five homes

Three further homes could be created in the former clubhouse at Gedney Hill Golf Club. Owner Charlie Britton has applied to South Holland District Council for a change of use for commercial premises in West Drove North. The building was originally a bungalow that was extended and altered to become the clubhouse to the golf club incorporating offices, function rooms, ...

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Pennygate Foundation’s latest bid to secure long-term future

Founders of Pennygate Foundation health and wellbeing centre have taken a step to secure its long-term future and extend opening hours. A planning application has been submitted by Dr Azmeena Nathu to allow the centre, beside her surgery, in Pennygate, Spalding, to become permanent, extend opening hours to 7.30am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sundays and ...

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Revamp planned at McDonald’s restaurant and drive thru

McDonald’s wants to revamp its Long Sutton restaurant and drive thru.   The fast good giant has applied to South Holland District Council for planning permission to give the premises alongside the A17 a “fresher, more contemporary façade”.    The plans include a new roof design and an extra drive thru lane to ease congestion at busy times.   A ...

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Plan for five new homes in Moulton Seas End

A Moulton Seas End couple want planning consent for five new homes adjacent to their house. Mr and Mrs P Whiting have applied to South Holland District Council for outline permission for an indicative five properties on land linked to 58 Seas End Road.  

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SHDC vice-chairman: ‘Lobby your county councillor over untidy verges’

South Holland residents unhappy with tatty-looking towns and villages due to verges being cut fewer times are being urged to make their feelings known. The call comes from South Holland District Council vice-chairman Coun Harry Drury, who shares people’s frustrations with the situation. In a money-saving move, Lincolnshire County Council ended routine cutting of verges in built-up areas from April ...

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Pinchbeck United granted futile planning permission for ground upgrade

Pinchbeck United Football Club secured planning permission to upgrade its ground in Knight Street, but the parish council will not allow it. Owner of the site, Pinchbeck Parish Council objected to the plan. It wants to keep Glebe Field accessible to all. At a meeting on May 31, South Holland District Council’s planning committee chairman Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said: “It ...

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Housing development plan rejected over flood-risk fear

Councillors turned down a proposed housing development in Campains Lane, Deeping St Nicholas on flood risk grounds. The plan for ten homes by R C Tinsley Ltd, which had been recommended for approval, was unanimously turned down at South Holland’s planning committee meeting on May 31. Coun Chris Brewis said: “This is actually one of the lowest points in the ...

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Changes to Gosberton affordable housing plan refused

A move to reduce the amount of affordable housing on a site in York Gardens, Gosberton, has been denied. Applicants D A and F N Casswell and F M Rozier also wanted to replace required open space on the site with a community orchard nearby, but that too was turned down. South Holland District Council’s planning officers had recommended approval ...

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Spalding mobile home decision deferred over flood risk fear

A controversial mobile home may be allowed to remain in use if it is raised six feet off the ground in the same way as 12 others already accepted nearby. Applicant Sarah Smith has been embroiled in a long-running dispute with South Holland District Council over the home in Akita Place, Clay Lake, Spalding. She told a meeting of the ...

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