Council

Migrant worker caravans plan passed

Temporary caravans to house seasonal migrant workers have been approved. E M Cole (Farms) Ltd in West Pinchbeck is to erect four mobile homes on the site. The flower business’s James Cole told South Holland District Council Planning Committee that granted permission last week: “We can’t function without staff from overseas currently. “We have tried recruiting locally but we can’t ...

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Calls for reform on cost of drainage

Getting nearby counties to help pay for local drainage boards who should also set their own council tax levels are measures being called for by local councillors. Currently 50 per cent of the council tax you pay to South Holland District Council goes to the drainage boards who serve South Holland. In the 2020/21 financial year, that amounts to £2.5m ...

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Have your say on the budget

The district council is inviting comments on its latest budget plan, which includes a tax rise and plans to “save” £4.4m over four years. South Holland District Council wants to hear the opinions of all residents, partner organisations, businesses and other interested parties as part of the 2020/21 budget setting process. At a meeting of South Holland’s Cabinet last week, ...

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Double blow for town?

Spalding town centre could be set for two big losses after Marks and Spencer announced it intends to close its food hall while Beales is trying to stave off administration. On Tuesday around 33 employees were told they could lose their jobs after Marks and Spencer announced it is consulting with staff on the closure of the Winfrey Avenue store ...

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Council tax to rise amid uncertainty

South Holland District Council is to put its share of the council tax up by around £5 a year while looking to make £4.4m worth of savings in the next four years. The increasing cost of housing the homeless and a decrease in fees raised by planning applications amount to £670,000 of the £872,000 deficit the council is looking to ...

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Call for a re-think over parking fees

A host of town traders say they have collected around 1,500 signatures against the recent rise in car parking charges amid concerns of how it will effect their businesses. Sue and Barry Stubley, of Occasions jewellers in Market Place, say they amount of signatures they’ve collected shows the strength of feeling about the proposed increases as listed on page 29 ...

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District council announces tax rise as it attempts to save £4.4m in four years

South Holland District Council is to put up its share of council tax by 2.83 per cent as it attemps to make over £4.4m worth of savings in the next four years. The authority today (Friday) published its Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy. It says the council tax rise will cost the average band D householder £4.95 per year ...

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UPDATE: Death junction’s ‘Plan B’ trial put on hold

A stretch of the A16 at what is deemed a dangerous Crowland junction was set to trial new traffic measures but the county council has announced nothing will be done until at least March. UPDATE: Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “Following on from the valuable feedback we’ve recently received, the start of this trial has been put ...

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Council tax rise on the cards as county authority announces budget

Lincolnshire County Council is to increase its share of council tax by 3.5 per cent, but it still plans to dip into emergency reserves to cover a projected nearly £20m surplus by 2023. The council tax rise will mean a Band D property would pay £45.18 more than last year, the authority says. The council says two per cent of ...

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Relief Road route is approved through Trojan Wood site

The Spalding Western Relief Road is set to go through the Trojan Wood industrial site following a vote by councillors this morning. Lincolnshire County Council’s Executive this morning voted to carry that route forward for the road that is proposed to be built in five different sections. It had previously recommended a route which would have seen nine homes on ...

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Police again oppose man taking over shop

Police have again opposed a man they say has previously been found to have sold illegal cigarettes from taking over a shop that’s had its alcohol licence revoked two months ago. In November, South Holland District Council’s Licensing Committee revoked the licence of Delicja on Westlode Street after it was found to be undertaking working practices which raised serious public ...

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Families homed in time for Christmas

Seven families received what the council called “an early Christmas present” after being rushed into newly bought council homes just before the big day. The council bought seven new homes in Donington just before Christmas and officers moved quickly to get seven families into the new homes in time for the day. Some families were facing Christmas in temporary accommodation, ...

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Council to ‘look at options’ over Spalding car park charge rises

South Holland District Council has said that one part of its controversial parking price hike planned for January will be revised after a backlash from the public and traders. Posting on social media on Tuesday night, a spokesman said: “Following feedback from local residents and businesses, SHDC is looking at options of how we can reduce the proposed increase to ...

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Villagers rescue bus crash schoolchildren

A girl has been left scared to travel to school after the bus she was riding crashed into a dyke in the same spot for the second time in three years. On Friday (December 6), schoolchildren were left injured and terrified when their ride home ended up on its side down a dyke in Moulton Seas End. Local villagers as ...

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Wedding venue open at council

Spalding’s registration office will be re-located to South Holland District Council’s offices on Priory Road from today (Thursday). Julie Waller, Business Services Manager for registration and celebratory services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We’re really pleased with how the new office is coming along and when complete, it will offer improved and more accessible facilities, alongside other council services offered ...

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Police object to shop’s bid to sell alcohol this Christmas

Lincolnshire Police has objected to a shop “with a history of selling age restricted products to children” requesting it be allowed to sell alcohol in the run-up to Christmas. When under a different licence holder, the 7 Day Euro Shop on Westlode Street in Spalding had its premises licence revoked by South Holland District Council’s Licencing Committee back in October ...

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‘Hope’ for Bourne Road residents as factory could be bulldozed instead of their homes

A potential u-turn by Lincolnshire County Council could see a factory demolished instead of homes for the route of the Spalding Western Relief Road. Last October, affected Bourne Road residents were sent letters stating their homes could face demolition due to them being along the county council’s preferred route for the road. Though a council statement last week states that ...

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Spalding Relief Road route options ‘to be discussed’

Lincolnshire County Council will discuss the route next month but the recommended option remains the one that’ll mean people will lose their homes. The report will be discussed by the county council’s Highways and Transport Scrutiny Committee on Monday, December 9. Andy Gutherson, Executive Director of Place, said: “Following the feedback we’ve received over the past month, officers have reviewed ...

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Spalding shop loses licence for series of illegal and unsafe activities

A Spalding shop has had its Premises Licence revoked after it was found to be undertaking working practices which raised serious public safety concerns and the apparent use of an illegal worker. Delicja, of Westlode Street, was in front of South Holland District Council’s Panel of the Licensing Committee today (Thursday) after an application for review of the Licence by ...

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We can’t see the wood or the trees – South Holland has lowest tree cover in country

South Holland has the lowest tree cover in the country – less than half the cover that the City of London does, it’s been claimed. After The Voice revealed last week that South Holland District Council was set to announce a project to look to create woodland in every settlement in the district, charity Friends of the Earth has stated ...

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