Council

Council to splash out on new pool?

A brand new public swimming pool facility for Spalding is being looked at as part of improvements in leisure facilities across the district, it’s been claimed. South Holland District Council is “looking at replacing” its facilities which includes the Castle Sports Complex and Peele Leisure Centre in Long Sutton. Coun Angela Newton asked the cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday ...

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Councillors allowed to keep old iPads after receiving new ones

District councillors have been told they can keep the iPads previously provided to them by the council. Each councillor has been given an iPad Pro (pictured) and accessories at the cost of more than £1,000 each, totalling £41,000, minus tax and data contracts (a further £600 per month). Councillors who had previously been elected had iPads already provided by the ...

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Listed status bid for former club

A woman is bidding for listed building status to be granted to a historic Spalding building subject to a planning appeal. The Spring Garden property, which was formerly a Christian Association and Literary Institute and social club for Geest employees, was most recently owned by The Fitness Company. A change of use application to turn it into flats from a ...

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Former county council chief exec picked up £292,263 in less than six months

A former chief executive of Lincolnshire County Council picked up £292,263 for less than six months service, it’s been revealed. The authority announced last November that Keith Ireland was departing the role after being announced in it in May 2018. The figure of how much money he received is just short of £300,000 according to the BBC’s Local Democracy Reporting ...

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Ideas to improve transport in Holbeach are unveiled

Junction improvements, reduced speed limits, traffic calming, ‘Park and Walk’ sites, a community cycle hub and more benches are among the ideas to alleviate traffic issues in Holbeach in the next 17 years. The draft Holbeach Transport Strategy sets out how the town will deal with traffic, including that generated from an extra planned 2,000 homes and the Food Enterprise ...

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Councillors choose highest spec iPads

The 37 district councillors elected this month have been provided top-spec iPad Pros – along with hundreds of pounds worth of accessories and data plans. South Holland District Council members chose to buy the highest-powered tablets at a cost of £863.16, along with Apple Smart Keyboard Folio flip-cases, costing an extra £160.94, and a second generation Apple Pencil for each ...

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Highways ‘should be ashamed’

A campaigner trying to get bollards repaired and lighting at a site of recent crashes said the county council Highways department should be “ashamed” of its approach. Rodney Sadd, of Carrington Road, Spalding, started the campaign to improve lighting at the B1172 junction to Spalding Common more than 20 years ago. Mr Sadd revived the campaign after two bollards were ...

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Council will recover European Election costs

South Holland District Council will be able to claim back up to just under £130,000 of how much it costs the authority to fund polling stations and the local count for Thursday’s European Elections. There are 62 polling stations open, 14 more than in the district council election earlier this month. This is due to four of the wards in ...

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District council recommended not to object to relief road applications

South Holland District Council (SHDC) is being recommended not to raise objections to the planning applications for the first two sections of the Spalding Western Relief Road. Lincolnshire County Council’s planning committee will decide on whether the most northerly and southern sections of the proposed single carriageway road are given the go-ahead. But SHDC could object to it and its ...

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MP asks for relief road planning applications ‘call in’

The current planning applications for the first two sections of the Spalding Western Relief Road could be decided by central government after South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes urged they be ‘called in’. He’s written to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, asking his government department decides on whether the two sections ...

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County council buys Victoria letter

Lincolnshire County Council has spent nearly £5,000 on a letter written by Queen Victoria to Lincolnshire poet Alfred Tennyson. The letter was auctioned in New York last month by Swann Auction Galleries. The Swann Auction website details the sale, stating that the final price paid for the letter with buyer’s premium was $5,750 (£4,368). The letter was estimated to sell ...

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Calls for action at town junction

Calls have been made for changes to an A16 junction south of Crowland that campaigners say has led to motorists speeding in Crowland itself. The campaigners, including Angela Harrison, say that drivers are using James Road in the town “to race the slower moving vehicles on the A16 and gain priority at the next roundabout.” “At peak times it is ...

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Criminal Behaviour Order from council

A Crowland man was handed a Criminal Behaviour Order last week after being found guilty of numerous breaches of a Community Protection Notice in the town. South Holland District Council applied for the Order against Peter Woods following a string of reports about him causing harassment, alarm and distress to members of the public in Crowland, ignoring several formal warnings from ...

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Election 2019 round up of the other parties

The Green Party enjoyed a better showing in South Holland than previously but they fell narrowly short in a bid to land a first councillor in the area. Alistair Crisp caused plenty of concern for Conservative Gary Taylor but he took the result with 289 votes to 233. Alistair was one of three members of the Crisp family who stood ...

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Manzur Hasan among four new Independent councillors

There will be four more independent candidates including South Holland’s first councillor from an Asian background. Manzur Hasan, the owner of Indus restaurant in town, polled first in the Spalding St John’s Ward, edging Jack McLean into second place for the two seats. He said: “First off I’m not really a political person. I’ve been running a business in town ...

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Conservatives keep control but lose four seats in district council elections

It’s been a long night of ties and recounts, but at just before 5am, the final result was announced and the Conservatives have kept their majority in South Holland District Council but lost four seats, with Independent candidates making gains. The Conservatives now have 24 seats, with 13 Independent candidates holding power. To see how it played out and read ...

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New home for the Registration Office?

The place to register births, deaths and marriages in Spalding could move to the Priory Road council offices. The Registration Office is currently located at Bath Lane opposite the River Welland. Since October its future location has been uncertain with couples looking to arrange a civil partnership or marriage being unable to book ceremonies. But Lincolnshire County Council has now ...

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Bourne Road residents ‘hesitant’ over possible relief road route change

Bourne Road residents who faced the prospect of having their homes demolished say they’re not celebrating just yet after Lincolnshire County Council announced it would look again at options as to where part of the controversial Spalding Western Relief Road will go. The authority announced a re-think on the route of the central section of the road, which could lead ...

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Plans for drive-thru Starbucks outlet

A planning application has been submitted in the hope of setting up a drive-thru branch of coffee chain Starbucks in Long Sutton. The proposed plans detail a Starbucks coffee shop and restaurant outlet with a drive-thru area. The Main Road Filling Station on Wisbech Road at Long Sutton is the proposed location and will offer parking for 12 cars and ...

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