Council

Council tax bills on rise

Members of Lincolnshire County Council have backed a council tax increase of 4.95 per cent. Meanwhile, the county’s police force is looking for a 5.8 per cent increase to its part of the bill. And South Holland District Council is proposing a 3.03 per cent hike in its bill. Council tax bills for the coming year, from April, are on ...

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Council looks to plug financial black hole

South Holland District Council faces a financial black hole of around half a million pounds every year between 2019 and 2022 as it looks to save over £1m in two years. A report by the authority’s head of finance, Jane Crosby, to its cabinet says the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) shows a budget gap of £475,000 for the financial ...

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Is it the final curtain for UKIP in South Holland?

The future of the UKIP branch in South Holland and the Deepings is in doubt after resignations. District council member and branch chairman Paul Foyster, branch secretary Geoff Garner and treasurerRobert Gibson have all said the branch will wind-up unless others come forward. The actions of party leaders at national level have been blamed for the action with current leader ...

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Three weeks of closures on busy Spalding road

Motorists are being warned about three weeks of disruption while a major route through Spalding is repaired. There will be three weeks of roadworks on Spalding’s Winsover Road from Monday, February 19. Resurfacing will be carried out in phases with temporary traffic lights and night-time closures in operation. Work will be carried out at Carrington Road to the level crossing ...

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Pay more and help the police proposed

Lincolnshire police aims to raise an extra £2.7m next year by a 5.8 per cent rise in council tax. Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones has revealed his proposed budget for the year and the rise would equate to 23p a week on a band D home. The increase appears to have support in the county as respondents to consultation ...

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NHS drive to promote equal opportunities

NHS staff from black and ethnic minority backgrounds have been sharing their experiences of working in Lincolnshire at a countywide conference. Anna Kusztyb works across the county for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), and was among those speaking at the third annual Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) conference on Friday afternoon. The event, which is run in partnership ...

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Bilingual police officers drive a success

In its first recruitment drive of its type in Lincolnshire, the force has received 136 applications to join its ranks as an officer who speaks fluently in more than one language. In December, Lincolnshire Police put out a job advert specifying applicants must be fluent in English and Polish, Latvian or Lithuanian. Now the deadline for applications has come, Lincolnshire ...

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Tens of thousands of pounds spent on iPads for councillors in Lincolnshire

At least £70,000 of Lincolnshire tax payers’ money has been spent on premium tech products for councillors in the past five years, including the purchase of more than 100 Apple iPads, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed. The high-end tech options are offered to both district and county councillors. iPads are issued to all South Holland district councillors ...

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Holbeach’s Peppermint Junction by numbers video

Lincolnshire County Council has posted a short video detailing its recent work at Peppermint Junction in Holbeach. The video, below, is titled Peppermint Junction in Numbers and details stats such as how many tonnes of soil was used in construction and how many new street lights were installed. The project finished early and on budget.    

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Plans for Fleet garden centre site refused

An application to demolish Fleet Garden Centre and replace it with nine homes has been refused. Applegate Homes’ plans to build on Fleet Road were given the thumbs down at South Holland District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, January 10. Planning officers had recommended refusal stating the site was unsustainable due to being too far between Holbeach and Fleet Hargate. ...

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South Holland council tax benefit changes examined

A report into recently brought in changes to council tax benefits in South Holland say it’s saved local authorities money but led to increased debt. In April South Holland District Council brought in changes to the Local Council Tax Support (CTS) Scheme. The changes included the maximum amount of support a working age person could claim for their council tax ...

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Quadring homes refusal decision reversed

A housing development in Quadring that was previously refused planning permission due to worries over flooding, has now been passed due to what has been called “a different way of reading the data.” The outline application for up to 34 homes off St Margaret’s was initially turned down in June on flood grounds on the advice of the Environment Agency. ...

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New planning application for Donington’s Red Cow

A new planning application has been submitted for the derelict former Red Cow hotel. Developer Market Homes Limited is now looking to turn the High Street property that’s been empty for 15 years and its associated buildings into 18 dwellings. The company had previously been granted planning permission to turn the Grade Two listed building into 31 homes in December ...

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John Hayes resigns from government

John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, this morning handed the prime minister his resignation letter amid the cabinet reshuffle. Hayes was reappointed as Minister of State at the Department for Transport following the general election of 8 June 2017, a position he held since 2016. Boris Johnson’s brother, Jo Johnson, will take his place. His resignation letter ...

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Thunderclap fires council’s anti-smoke drive

An online “thunderclap” is set to be unleashed on computers across the area in a bid to highlight the dangers of second hand smoke. South Holland District Council is urging anyone with a Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr account to take part in the online event which will take place at 12pm on Monday, January 8. Those who have signed up ...

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Permission granted for recycled house in Sutton St James

A new home made entirely out of shipping containers is set to be built in Sutton St James. The owners of storage business Lift and Shift Limited, Simon and Dee Reed, say the state of the art eco-friendly home to be built next to their business on Broadgate will be the first of its kind in the area. Despite officers ...

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Lincolnshire County council votes for a tax rise next year

Members of the county council have voted in support of a 3.95 per cent increase in council tax from April. The proposal, which will need further approval in February, will see an increase of around £45 a year on the bill of Band D properties. That figure excludes what South Holland District Council, the parish precept and police ask for ...

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Large developments green-lit for Cowbit and Donington

Holbeach developer Ashwood Homes is set to build nearly 150 new homes in the area after planners gave the go-ahead to separate developments in Cowbit and Donington. South Holland District Council’s committee granted permission to the building of 73 dwellings in Town Dam Lane in Donington and 72 homes off Backgate in Cowbit at its latest meeting on Wednesday, December ...

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Early finish for Peppermint Junction Holbeach roundabout

A major road scheme in South Holland has been completed months ahead of schedule. Two new roundabouts have been created at Holbeach in the £5.4m Lincolnshire County Council project. As well as the roundabouts, the work has opened-up access to potential residential land to the east of the A151. Development land for Peppermint Park, a food enterprise village, can also ...

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Garden waste collection scheme set to double

A successful scheme to compost garden waste in a two-year trial looks likely to double in size. There are currently 1,555 households registered on the waiting list for brown bins in South Holland. During the trial, 3,404 subscriptions have been secured with 324 buying additional bins. There were also 222 paper sacks bought. “The success of the pilot scheme and ...

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