Council

Paid town parking not policed for years

No-one has been policing paid-for car parks in South Holland for years, it’s been revealed, but the council says they will be monitored ahead of the incoming hike in prices. A South Holland District Council spokesman told The Voice that as part of efficiency savings, the policing of car parks was stopped in February 2017. Last month we revealed car ...

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Homes on field plan is shelved

Plans for the council to build homes on a Spalding playing field have been shelved amid concerns over flooding and increasing costs. South Holland District Council had set aside nearly £3m in its budget for this financial year so its housing company Welland Homes could build 24 homes on land off Severn Road that’s currently designated as public open space. ...

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Listed status bid for hospital fails

A bid to get protected status for the old Johnson Hospital has been turned down. The 1881 opened Priory Road building has been derelict for a number of years and local resident Jackie Allen had applied to Historic England for it to be given listed status. Despite Jackie being successful earlier this year to put the former Christian Association building ...

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Business park seeks planning approval seven years since it opened

A seven-year-old business park where around 40 people are employed has never been granted planning permission, it’s been revealed Now GH Myers, which owns Poplar Farm on Austendyke Road in Weston Hills, has submitted a retrospective planning application to South Holland District Council to change the use of units on the site from agricultural use to business. The company has ...

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Man in court for running illegal HMO

A South Holland landlord has been found guilty of failing to license a house in multiple occupation (HMO) on Vikings Way in Spalding, leading to a fine and other costs totalling over £1,200. Nicholas Moyses was called to Boston Magistrates Court on Monday 14 October after he ignored numerous attempts by South Holland District Council to ensure that he attained ...

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Large rise in council car park ticket costs

Motorists in Spalding are set to be hit by large increases in parking charges and for the first time will be charged to park in Gore Lane and all Castle Sports Complex spaces. The cost of a parking season ticket in the town will increase by 77 per cent to £460 from £260 in the measures being recommended for approval ...

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Bid to improve town centres

South Holland District Council says it’s set to spend nearly half a million pounds on improvements for Spalding and Holbeach town centre while the latter could be set for a between £5m and £10m facelift. A programme of work costing under £500,000 over three years is due to go before the authority’s cabinet next week. The allocated SHDC funds do ...

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Council says it will spend half a million on town centres in next three years

A council has said it’s ear marked £500,000 to improve Spalding and Holbeach town centres. South Holland District Council says it is looking to use money from its growth and investment reserve for the improvements over the next three years. It says these would include: •    Refurbishment and modernisation of town centre toilet facilities•    Free Wi-Fi provision along the high ...

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Car parking charges set to go up

The cost of car parking in South Holland is set to go up – but it’s unclear yet by how much. South Holland District Council issued a statement this afternoon saying the authority is looking into increasing car parking charges as well as introduce tariffs for the Castle Sports Centre and Castle Pool in Spalding for those not using the ...

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Bulldozer pain for Relief Road families

A bungalow especially adapted for a wheelchair-using special needs teacher and homes built just two years ago are among those that have been ear-marked to be bulldozed for the Spalding Western Relief Road. After looking at other options for the central section of the route of the road, on Monday Lincolnshire County Council posted letters to the Bourne Road homes ...

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Clocks changing will affect street lights

Part-night street lights will be affected by the clocks going back at the end of the month, the county council has warned.The clocks go back on Sunday, October 27 and the authority has warned the around 42,000 that switch off between midnight and 6am will be affected.Coun Richard Davies, Lincolnshire County Council’s executive member for highways, said: “Over the next ...

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Meet one of the men making a difference in the district

He’s the father of one, a former national kick-boxing champion and his team are looking to make a difference in South Holland. Rob Duckett is one of South Holland District Council’s Community Wardens and they’ve been traipsing all around the district for around 18 months.But to get a better idea of what they do, we joined Rob on one of ...

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Landlord fined for letting unsafe home

A landlord has been fined for repeatedly allowing a home to be occupied despite being in a state which posed a serious risk to the health of those inside it. Action was taken against Jonathan Patrick Hoey, of Foremans Bridge Caravan Park in Sutton St James, after a property he owned, Seagate Farm in Long Sutton, was found to be ...

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Breaking – Spalding Relief Road gets government go-ahead

Work on the proposed Spalding Western Relief Road is set to begin in the spring after the government decided not to “call-in” the applications for the first two sections of the controversial development. The Secretary of State has decided that the decision of Lincolnshire County Council’s Planning Committee to pass the applications for the most northerly and southerly section of ...

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Four weeks of work at Cross Keys Bridge starts Monday

The £100,000 resurfacing project of Cross Keys Bridge at Sutton Bridge will start on Monday and is due to last four weeks. Delays are expected around the works with three way traffic lights to be installed on the bridge. The alternative is a sign-posted 32-mile diversion along the A47 and A1101. Karen Cassar, Lincolnshire County Council’s assistant director highways, said: “The ...

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Legal action over leisure facilities

The company that previously ran leisure facilities in the district is facing legal action over the state it left the facilities in. South Holland District Council has issued a Schedule of Dilapidations against 1Life which ran facilities including the Castle Sports Complex and the Peele Leisure Centre in Long Sutton for 20 years up to March 1 this year. In ...

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Fly-tip removal behind targets

Targets to remove reported fly-tips in the area are not being met due to a contractor not always being available, it’s been claimed. South Holland District Council aims to have all fly-tips reported to it cleared within an average of five days. However from April to June it took 6.1 days to deal with a report, up from 4.7 in ...

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Delay on Relief Road decision

Bourne Road residents have expressed disappointment as a decision on whether their homes could be demolished for the Spalding Western Relief Road has been delayed for a few weeks. Those affected say Lincolnshire County Council told them they would have an answer as to where they would like the central section of the route to be built earlier this month. ...

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Homes refused on business park

A developer has said its plans for part of a business park intended to create 2,500 jobs are “not financially viable” after plans to build homes on part of the site were refused. Ashley King Developments, which trades as Ashwood Homes, already has outline planning permission for commercial properties for the Lincolnshire Gateway south of Spalding, but has now described ...

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Council to use reserves for projects

South Holland District Council is to use £131,000 from its Growth and Commercialisation Reserve to fund a new project. However the nature of the project is being kept under wraps. Its cabinet approved the measure are part of its Financial Report Quarter One when sitting on Tuesday, September 10. The £131,000 is listed as ‘asset works’ by the council and ...

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