Council

Injunction bans Crowland boy from acts of anti-social behaviour or inciting others

A teenage boy has been banned from committing anti-social behaviour in South Holland for the next six months. South Holland District Council is celebrating the court order, which has resulted in a 15-year-old boy from Crowland being served an injunction after a court judged an ongoing spate of anti-social behaviour to have caused “undue harassment and distress to residents across ...

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Man given £40 fine for assaulting former partner

A 43-year-old man who assaulted his former partner of 18 years during an argument when he went to collect some of his property, has been fined just £40 by magistrates in Boston. Philip Henry Parker, now living at Elizabeth Crescent in Deeping St Nicholas, admitted assaulting his former partner by beating her and damaging a stool and a desk during the ...

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Council invests £35k to webcast

An investment of £11,900 per year is made into webcasting South Holland District Council meetings, a recent publication of its contract register showed. The council broadcasts its 12 monthly planning meetings and occasional other meetings likely to be of broad interest. Coun Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for communities and facilities, said: “I believe it’s a benefit particularly regarding planning issues. ...

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Former gym shapes up to be flats

The site of a former fitness club in Spalding could become flats. A planning application has been submitted to turn the site once unoccupied by The Fitness Company gym into an apartment complex and build an extra block of flats on the site. The application asks for permission to change the class D2 building into a class D3 building, which ...

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£250,000 rejuvenation project for Spalding’s South Holland Centre

A quarter of a million pounds is to be spent saving the decaying South Holland Centre, just 20 years after a £2.5m revamp. One South Holland district councillor says he goes into the function room “gingerly” amid his fears over the building’s structural integrity. On Sunday (July 8), scaffolding will be put up and will remain for at least two ...

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Is your councillor worthy of an award?

If you think your local councillor is worthy of a national award, here’s your chance to make it happen. Nominations are open for the annual national Councillor Achievement Awards, organised by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and now in its ninth year. No councillor from South Holland has ever won a Councillor Achievement Award – will this be the ...

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Council stalls on cashless parking in Spalding

Ten new car park payment machines await their fate after public backlash forced the council to scrap plans to bring cashless parking to Spalding. After three weeks of mixed messages and public confusion, South Holland District Council issued an apology on Friday (June 22) and announced that its parking payment plans were on hold. Following multiple shifting dates, June 22 ...

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Council puts cashless car parking on hold

After weeks of cashless car parking controversy and confusion, South Holland District Council has scrapped immediate plans to change Spalding’s ticket machines. The council has issued a statement saying plans to upgrade its car park payment machines by today (Friday, June 22) are no longer going ahead. The statement reads: “Following internal discussions and feedback from residents, we have decided ...

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Council sorry for car park payment issues

South Holland District Council has issued an apology after a fortnight of confusion over changes to Spalding’s car park payment. This month, the payment machines in Spalding’s car parks are being updated, with all but two going cashless. The issues began when notices were posted on machines on Monday, June 11, stating they will be updated from that day. The ...

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Council leader’s return to health after scare and nine hour operation

Leader of South Holland District Council Lord Porter is back at work following a triple heart bypass – and he has secured a fourth term as Local Government Association chairman. Taken ill in the Houses of Parliament, Lord Porter was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital London on June 4. He’d had chest pains earlier in the day and had to ...

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South Holland Community Wardens set out

Two community wardens paid for with money from a “controlling migration” grant have started work. The wardens, whose roles were created after South Holland District Council bid for £127,000 from the government’s Controlling Migration scheme, will perform uniformed patrols in South Holland in a bid to develop safer and stronger communities. A spokesman for the council said: “The scheme aims ...

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Cashless car parking payment being brought in

You will soon have to pay for parking by card or a phone app in the majority of car parks in Spalding. Notices placed by South Holland District Council at its car parks said that from Monday, June 11, all car parks except the ones at Herring Lane and Victoria Street would only take card payments. The council says new ...

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Street light turn off is not increasing crime – report states

The final report on the thorny issue of street lighting at night was presented to the county council’s executive this week. A total of five different recommendations were put before the group which was recommended to ensure a response was made by September. The council had decided to go for ‘part-night’ lighting in a bid to save cash but there ...

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Parked cars mar Long Sutton market day

Market traders in Long Sutton are fed-up with people parking in restricted bays on market day and stopping them from setting up for business. On-street parking restrictions in Long Sutton state that on market day (Fridays), the bays must be kept clear from 7am to 10am. Despite this, a market trader contacted The Voice on behalf of the traders to ...

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Yoda yoga and lightsaber training for a top Jedi night in Long Sutton

There was no need for Solo efforts when the force was strong in Long Sutton for a Jedi event. As the latest Star Wars movie hits the big screen, youngsters in Long Sutton were polishing their lightsabre skills for a Train Like a Jedi evening. Organised as part of South Holland District Council’s SHout and About health campaign, there were ...

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Plans submitted for 50 homes on town outskirts

A major new housing development plan on the edge of Holbeach has been submitted to South Holland District Council. The application, by Ashwood Homes, would see 32 two-storey homes on a site off Penny Hill Road. Included in the plan are 21 three-bed houses, two one-bed, four two-bed and five four-bed properties. “The site is well located to the northern ...

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Hundreds of homes approved for Long Sutton

Outline planning permission for 215 homes has been granted at a Long Sutton site. At the May meeting of the South Holland District Council Planning Committee, the site with access points at Seagate Road and Wisbech Road was deemed suitable for development. Philip Norman said the area in is the emerging local plan and officers recommended the committee approve the ...

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Static homes application for Spalding site off A16

An application for planning permission has been submitted for a static home park on land off Spalding Drove. In the application, the number of static homes the site would accomodate is stated as “to be determined” but spaces for two car parking spaces per home has been detailed. The design and access statement says one-, two- and three-bed static homes ...

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Spalding flats decision halted by missing information

A Spalding development application decision has been deferred for two reports to be completed. At the May meeting of the South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee, a 26-apartment development on Broad Street was deferred. The full application for the demolition of Broad Street Business Centre and replacement building was brought to committee without the viability study for contributions completed. The ...

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Nature reserve revamp hopes for Holbeach

Holbeach councillors are hoping shoppers will choose their cause and help improve the facilities at the town’s nature reserve. The parish council is bidding for a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. It’s hoped the award of either £4,000, £2,000 or £1,000 will go towards improving visitor access at the Fishpond Lane nature reserve. Planned improvements include ...

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