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Councils throughout Lincolnshire teaming up to beat fraud

Lincolnshire authorities are getting smarter and more effective at fighting fraud. Having already identified more than £1m of incorrect or fraudulent payments, councils will be continuing to crack down on this crime. Lucy Pledge, audit and risk manager at Lincolnshire County Council said: “Lincolnshire councils are working together to tackle fraud by pooling resources and information, and taking a zero ...

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Rise in number of children offered first-choice primary school

Lincolnshire County Council says 94.3 per cent of children have been given a place at their primary school of choice through the admissions system this year. That figure is a rise on 2016. Along with the rest of the country, Lincolnshire has experienced high numbers of families wanting their children to start school in September. There are nearly 7,500 children ...

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Noise nuisance issue for Team GB member’s Sutton Bridge shooting ground

A shooting ground run by an England and Team GB member faces an uncertain future due to noise complaints. The Priory Clay Target Centre at Sutton Bridge is owned by Long Sutton marksman Aaron Heading, who won the bronze medal at last month’s World Cup in Mexico. But his hopes of continuing to establish a popular shooting ground where adults ...

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Council’s £2.7m hub plan for Priory Road headquarters shelved

A project to transform South Holland District Council’s headquarters into a community hub has not attracted enough interest from potential public sector partners to proceed. The controversial proposal, which had a £2.7million budget earmarked and was to have been a major source of income, could have led to the police and Lincolnshire County Council’s Social Services in Spalding moving into the ...

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The 33 candidates for South Holland divisions of Lincolnshire County Council

The candidates for the nine South Holland electoral divisions on Lincolnshire County Council have been revealed. Voters will head to the polling stations to have their say on Thursday, May 4. There will certainly be fresh elected members in Holbeach Rural, Donington Rural and Spalding South divisions where respective sitting members William Webb, Susan Wray (both Conservative) and Alan Jesson ...

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65-unit holiday park plan for Long Sutton

Proposals for a new caravan park, fishing lake, site office and cottages on a 17-acre site in Long Sutton could create up to 30 jobs. The park, with static caravans, holiday cottages and a fishing lake, would be a boost to the area and create an attraction, said applicant Jonathan Hoey, whose proposal represented an investment of “hundreds of thousands ...

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Almost 400 people at seventh annual jobs fair in Spalding

Almost 400 people took the opportunity to get advice and information on vacancies and skills at South Holland District Council’s jobs fair on Tuesday.(April 4) It featured over 40 exhibitors from a range of sectors including the food industry, legal profession and training providers. The event, organised by South Holland District Council’s economic development team and the Department for Work ...

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Jobs worry for 100 South Holland District Council staff

About 100 staff at South Holland District Council have been told their jobs could be put at risk as part of a review of services. An uncertain few weeks are ahead for many families as high-level staff pore over frontline areas, including housing, community and environmental services. Chief executive Anna Graves is leading the Place review as part of the ...

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Council bungalows set to make way for £3.5m of new homes

Ten South Holland District Council-owned bungalows in Weston are due to be knocked down and replaced with up to 35 new homes in a £3.5million redevelopment scheme.     The council has set aside a total of £1,210,000 for the scheme from last year’s and this year’s budget and plans to find the rest in next year’s.   It is ...

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Approval poised for 77 homes in Holbeach and Pinchbeck outside recommended areas

Two housing developments unpopular in their communities look set to get the go-ahead despite being outside areas identified as best for future development. South Holland is yet to formally adopt the latest local plan to indicate where new homes expected to be needed before 2036 should be built. Therefore guidelines dictate councillors should support “sustainable” new home proposals. As a ...

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South Holland small businessess reeling from hike in rates bill

Dozens of South Holland businesses have been left reeling by huge rates rises. In one case, a small retail computer shop in Spalding has seen its bill rocket by 300 per cent, from £835 to £3,515. Steve Timewell, director and owner of Lincs Computers in Clover Way, Wygate Park, warned that the “crippling” rise could have ramifications. “This is totally ...

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Grants4Growth fund for businesses relaunches with another £1.3m

A grant scheme that secured and created a vast amount of jobs in South Holland is being relaunched with £1.3million of new funding available to businesses in the district. Small and medium-sized businesses in South Holland can apply for a slice of the funding under the Grants4Growth scheme, which saw grants of between £1,000 and £40,000 awarded in two years ...

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‘Lessons learned’ as South Holland District Council set to pay £70k compensation

South Holland District Council is bracing itself to pay out up to £70,000 to settle a dispute over a planning decision. The cash has been set aside in budgeting processes, but the council says details cannot be made public at this stage. A spokesman said: “This relates to an historical planning matter, subsequent complaint and investigation into the background by ...

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Cash injection for construction of Holbeach food enterprise zone

The Holbeach food enterprise zone is one of the beneficiaries of £29.45m of government funding. Greater Lincolnshire has secured the cash for a range of major projects designed to drive growth. The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership has been awarded the funding through the Single Local Growth Fund. It will be used to kick-start a host of schemes (subject to ...

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Official launch of £5.4m road improvement scheme in Holbeach

A ceremony for the onset of construction of the Peppermint Junction/food enterprise zone project at Holbeach took place on Wednesday.(March 15) Lincolnshire county councillor for Holbeach, Nick Worth, was there with Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways and transport. Coun Worth – also South Holland District Council’s portfolio holder for growth and commercialisation – said: “I am delighted that ...

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Commonwealth Day marked in Spalding with flag-raising ceremony

A flag-raising ceremony was held at South Holland District Council’s offices in Spalding on Monday (March 13) to mark Commonwealth Day. Members and officers came together with local dignitaries and war veterans as council chairman Michael Seymour raised the Commonwealth flag at 10am – the precise time that thousands of others all over the globe were doing the same. Those ...

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Many chip in for new minibus for The Spalding Special Schools

Pupils at The Spalding Special Schools are getting around in a new minibus thanks to support from Lord’s Taverners and Lady Taverners and 13 South Holland district councillors. The Garth School and The Priory School, which cater for children with complex needs between the ages of 3 to 19, match-funded the wheelchair accessible minibus with £28,000. The Lord’s Taverner’s minibus ...

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Contractor selected for £5.4m highways improvement scheme at Holbeach

Eurovia UK has been selected as the preferred contractor to undertake works to improve the current A17/A151 junction by installing a new, three-arm roundabout, as well as a new four-arm roundabout on the A151.   The British construction firm is expected to start work on the scheme this spring and is projected to be complete by spring 2018. The £5.4m ...

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South Holland District Council ‘squanders’ £18,000 on car park fines service

Fail-to-pay and overstaying motorists have escaped fines in South Holland car parks for the past year – but it has come at a cost to the taxpayer of £18,000. No fines have been issued to motorists without valid tickets in South Holland District Council owned car parks this financial year due to staffing issues, but a firm contracted to provide services ...

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Springfields set to expand as Spalding town centre has insufficient retail capacity

Springfields Outlet Shopping is earmarked for expansion because Spalding town centre would not be able to cope with the expected increase in retail demand. With more than 11,000 new homes due to be built in South Holland between 2011 and 2036, extra retail provision has been allocated in the emerging South East Lincolnshire Local Plan. Of the additional floor space ...

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