Council

Disappointment over homes plan

Campaigners say they’re ‘bitterly disappointed’ after planning permission was granted to change an around 200-year-old pub into two homes. The Chequers in Gedney Dyke, which dates back to around 1793, has been listed as an Asset of Community Value due to the lack of facilities in the village.But it’s been closed since 2017 with the owner claiming that the pub ...

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Help for our town centre

Summer visitors to Spalding town centre will benefit from free parking and a range of measures in a bid to encourage them to spend time and money in the town. From next Monday there will be spells of free parking at three of the council-owned car parks.The initiative is the first in a number to be unveiled over the coming ...

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Spalding councillor Angela Newton named MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

One of South Holland’s most well known political figures has been given an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her voluntary work. Coun Angela Newton is set for an appearance at Buckingham Palace after being named under her married name of Angela Porter as among those receiving an award. Among the voluntary groups she’s involved with are Spalding ...

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Council meetings stopped for now

Council meetings at district level have been halted this month due to the cost of social distancing. South Holland District Council has pushed all of its meetings towards the end of the month as virtual meetings can no longer be held. In line with all other councils, they had been using Zoom, or similar software for virtual meetings because of ...

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Councillors step down

A number of councillors have resigned from Holbeach Parish Council, including the former chairman, citing a host of reasons including alleged bullying. Graham Rudkin has stepped down after 12 years and wife Carol after 16 alongside Laurence Marchant and Dawn Howarth. With two others recently stepping down it leaves six of its 18 seats vacant. Graham was chairman for much ...

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Homes plan for field in Holbeach

Plans have been submitted to build more than 80 new homes on agricultural land in Holbeach. Ashwood Homes has presented plans to South Holland District Council for the development to the east of Chaffinch Way in the town. Currently used for agriculture, the field also includes a number of glass houses which have fallen into disrepair. A Design Access Statement ...

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Business leader and cycling group give their verdict on town centre plans being thrown out

Plans for proposed schemes that aimed to improve Spalding town centre for cyclists and pedestrians have been thrown out in their entirety due to a lack of public support. As part of the government’s Active Travel fund, in March Lincolnshire County Council announced a consultation on plans to spend nearly £800,000 on measures aimed at boosting cycling in eight towns ...

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Idea for bridge over A16 at McDonald’s roundabout in Spalding part of £20m bid

A bid for £20m of road improvements, that could include a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists over the A16 McDonald’s roundabout at Spalding, is set to be submitted. Lincolnshire County Council is submitting the bid to the government’s Levelling Up Fund which will largely centre on what it calls “Boston and the A16 corridor”. The scheme will include work ...

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Controversial plans for Spalding town centre thrown out over lack of public support

Plans for proposed schemes that aimed to improve Spalding town centre for cyclists and pedestrians have been thrown out in their entirety due to a lack of public support. As part of the government’s Active Travel fund, in March Lincolnshire County Council announced a consultation on plans to spend nearly £800,000 on measures aimed at boosting cycling in eight towns ...

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Footbridge linking Spalding and Pinchbeck could be closed for nearly two years

A bridge that’s part of a footpath that links Spalding to Pinchbeck could be closed for up to nearly two years, it’s been revealed. Two Plank footbridge will close on Saturday, July 17 and won’t be open until ‘Winter 2022’ Lincolnshire County Council has said. Just last month the authority said following vandalism the bridge which takes the footpath over ...

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Retiring gift for councillor Nick

A special presentation was made to South Holland councillor Nick Worth who recently retired from his role at the county council. His portfolio included the fire service and Chief Fire Office Mark Baxter presented some mementos to mark his departure from the council. Mr Worth, who remains on South Holland District Council, said he would ‘always treasure’ the retirement gifts ...

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Cycle groups idea for proposed new town centre measures

A group set up to encourage cycling in Spalding has revealed the changes it wants to see as part of government funding for the town centre. PEDALS says only some of the measures suggested by Lincolnshire County Council, as part of the Active Travel initiative, including the loss of some car parking spaces, should be carried forward. And the group ...

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South Holland Centre launches survey ahead of reopening

A survey has been launched to get the public’s views on returning to the South Holland Centre and what events it should be looking to put on. An invitation to the South Holland Centre Customer and Stakeholder Survey has been emailed to customers. The closing date for submissions is next Thursday (May 20). As reported in this weeks issue of The ...

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First gigs for South Holland Centre

Spalding’s South Holland Centre is set to re-open with a gig by comedian and actor Omid Djalili on October 1. A gig scheduled for June 10 with the Joy Ellis Quartet has been moved to October and another with Ruby Turner will now be next year. But it is hoped the centre, closed for more than a year, could open ...

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Conservatives retain Lincolnshire County Council amid successes for South Holland Independents

The Conservatives have held Lincolnshire County Council after last week’s election, while there were some impressive results for South Holland Independents. The Tory party won 54 of the 70 seats in total, four down from the previous elections in 2016, and six of the nine wards up for grabs in this district. Those three were claimed by the newly formed ...

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New chair’s vow to parishioners

The new chair of Holbeach Parish Council says he is looking to ensure that parishioners’ voices are heard. Stephen Johnson was unanimously supported to lead the council at last week’s meeting, following Coun Graham Rudkin’s resignation. The vice chair will be Coun Sophie Hutchinson, who edged out Coun John Spencer, the previous post-holder, following a vote by councillors. At the ...

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Application to change village pub into dwelling refused

Holbeach St Johns residents’ bidding to keep their nearly 200-year-old pub open have received a significant boost after planning officers refused an application to change it into a home. The owner of the The Plough on Jekills Bank, Ian Osborn, took over the establishment last July but said he couldn’t financially afford to open it. The application caused condemnation from ...

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Flats plan thrown out after appeal

A bid to build a block of flats in the Spalding conservation area has been thrown out following an appeal by the applicant. Last October South Holland District Council planning officers rejected the plan to build five flats, two single storey dwellings and one 1.5 storey dwelling on the site of 59 Westlode Street. The authority said the development would ...

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New try for 5G masts in town

Plans for two 5G phone masts in Spalding have been resubmitted days after they were refused. The masts, on Wygate Park and Birch Grove, have been reduced in height to 15m for both sites. A meeting of South Holland District Council’s planning committee rejected the applications at a meeting on April 14. The original proposals saw the Wygate Park mast ...

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Flouting town’s rules could cost you £50

Fines of £50 could be imposed for unauthorised parking and out of control dogs in Long Sutton. The parish council has established that legally it can impose a fine under bylaws for both unauthorised parking and not having dogs under control. A new security company has been employed by the council in a bid to crack down on vandalism, particularly ...

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