Council

Money awarded to help the homeless

An intensive programme of work to help 120 of the most vulnerable homeless people across Lincolnshire has been launched. The county-wide partnership ACTion Lincs has been set up to provide “life-changing support and tackle some of the most complex homelessness cases in Lincolnshire”, says a South Holland County Council spokesperson. ACTion Lincs pools nine district councils, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation ...

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Holbeach Parish Council considers buying town’s empty library

Holbeach Parish Council is looking to move its headquarters and is considering the disused library in town as one option. The council is currently based at Coubro Chambers on West End in Holbeach. Considering options for a move, members discussed several options during the September council meeting. These included purchasing the old library, which became vacant in February. Lincolnshire County ...

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Exclusions down by half in Lincolnshire primary schools – but secondary school figures rise

A new strategy to tackle the rising rate of permanent exclusions in Lincolnshire’s schools has seen the number in primary schools drop by half to 24. However The Inclusive Lincolnshire Strategy – which was introduced to address the problem of a rising and unsustainable rate of permanent exclusions form Lincolnshire schools – has not been so successful in secondary schools. ...

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Activate summer activities days prove a hit

Hundreds of youngsters enjoyed the summer programme of Activate arts and sports held across South Holland over the summer. The free sessions, run by South Holland District Council’s communities team in partnership with other organisations, have been held at Sutton Bridge, Spalding, Gedney Drove End, Crowland and Cowbit. “All five events were very well attended and our communities team received ...

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Plans ahoy for Spalding raft race to launch next year?

Spalding may be in line for its own annual raft racing event if plans come to fruition. The idea is taking shape and it is hoped individuals, groups and companies will come forward to help make it a success. Resident Mark Le Sage, who had the idea, said the project was one step closer to becoming reality after he had ...

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Flying the Red Ensign in Spalding for Merchant Navy Day

A special ceremony was held outside South Holland District Council offices. Merchant Navy Day was marked in Spalding with the event at Priory Road. Councillors, dignitaries and members of organisations including the Merchant Navy Association and Royal British Legion all saw the Red Ensign raised as a mark of respect. The council joined a number of organisations across the country ...

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New homes to rent are fully occupied

The first homes offered for rent by Welland Homes are now fully occupied. The company was set up by South Holland District Council to provide rented homes across the district. It works in partnership with building firm D&R Homes and the Walters Close development in Spalding is now fully let. “It is a very attractive development built to an excellent ...

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Sound system problem halts district council planning meeting

A planning meeting had to be cancelled because of a sound system failure. Members of South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee were due to meet last Wednesday evening (August 2). But it was cancelled at the last minute because of the issue. “The decision was made because, in the absence of the microphone system, not everyone in attendance could hear ...

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Spalding swimming pool closes for the day

Summer holiday swimmers were disappointed on Tuesday when Spalding’s main pool was out of action. Gillian Hornsby had taken her six-year-old granddaughter to the Castle Sports Complex for a swim. “We got inside and were told the main pool was closed. There were no signs or anything and people were upset. The pool has been left behind others in the ...

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Residents can have their say on making rail links improve

Residents in South Holland are being urged to take part in a consultation aimed at improving Spalding’s rail links.   The consultation has been launched by the Department for Transport for the new East Midlands rail franchise.   And, in order to get the best deal for the area, an appeal has been launched by Lincolnshire County Council for residents ...

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Grant award for major development in Spalding

A major development for Spalding is a step closer after South Holland District Council formally accepted £224,000 of Government money.     The decision to accept the grant for the Northern Spalding Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) was agreed by members at full council on Wednesday night.  Members also agreed to support the project with £100,000 from the council’s growth budget. ...

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Approval for housing plan next door to Mill?

Plans for 78 new homes in Moulton Chapel look likely to be approved next week.   The outline application is outside the settlement boundary of the village, but has been recommended for approval.   Members of South Holland District Council’s planning committee are set to discuss the proposal next Thursday. The site is adjacent to the Grade II Listed mill ...

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Plans for major homes expansion move closer

Planning work on a new relief road to open-up land for up to 4,000 new homes for Spalding is set to start in earnest.   South Holland District Council applied for £244,000 of Government funding to help the early stages of the plans for the ‘urban extension.’   The money was awarded and members of the council were last night ...

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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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