Council

Gedney Dyke villagers’ new hope for old pub

A plan to re-open a village’s last pub and incorporate a village shop has been given a boost. Gedney Dyke campaigners have successfully lobbied to have The Chequers public house listed as an Asset of Community Value by South Holland District Council at the second time of asking. It came just days before the authority’s planning committee were due to ...

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Councillor voices Universal Credit concerns

A councillor’s fears over the introduction of the Universal Credit system he likened to the poll tax has been addressed amid concerns over how parts of South Holland District Council is run. Coun Chris Brewis raised the concerns at the meeting of the authority’s Governance and Audit Committee last Thursday, July 26. As reported in last week’s edition of The ...

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Tech troubles cancel council webcast

The South Holland District Council Planning Committee webcast was cancelled last week after technical issues. The planning committee meeting is broadcast online and the video is archived for access after the meeting. A council spokesperson said: “Unfortunately we were unable to webcast the planning committee meeting on Wednesday, July 25, due to a sudden technical issue that emerged with the ...

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Security in place for Russian threat

South Holland District Council says it is ready to withstand a possible cyber attack from Russia. The threat of such an attack is the only “High Risk” identified by the council in its quarterly risk report to the authority’s Governance and Audit Committee which met on Thursday, July 26. To combat the risk, the report states that the council now ...

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Library move is backed

A plan to move Spalding Library from Victoria Street to the Red Lion Quarter will be an “improvement for customers” a councillor has claimed. The Voice revealed last week Lincolnshire County Council is working to move the facility to Red Lion Street. Coun Nick Worth, executive member for libraries is backing the move. He said: “We’re currently working with our ...

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Drugs pub given second chance

A Spalding pub can continue trading despite eight police visits and evidence of cocaine use on both sides of the bar. The Black Swan, New Road, was visited by officers “more than any other premises of any other size in the county,” police told members of South Holland District Council Licensing Panel when they met on Tuesday. Sgt Kimble Enderby, ...

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Concerns over district council practices

South Holland District Council says it is working to improve after an audit raised “serious concerns” over how areas of it is run. A report by the Eastern Internal Audit Services rated the council the ‘Limited Assurance’ grade in relation to framework of governance and risk management the second lowest it could be. “Significant improvements are required to improve the ...

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Sunshine brings out the roadworks in South Holland

As the schools close for summer, the roadworks move in with work at 963 locations across Lincolnshire until September. The county council is working alongside partners Kier with Lincoln-based Minster Surfacing to carry out the mammoth project while traffic is lighter during the holiday season. “When everyone else goes off for their summer holidays, we’re hard at work repairing roads ...

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Huge increase in reported potholes

The number of reported potholes in Lincolnshire has risen by more than two and a half times it has been revealed. Lincolnshire County Council revealed it had received 23,438 complaints about potholes in the 12 months before June 1, 2018. Over the same period the previous year the number of complaints was just 9,034, 30 more than in the 12 ...

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Council will not rethink streetlighting policy despite criticism of police figures

Lincolnshire Police having not reported 9,400 crimes correctly will not lead to a rethink on Lincolnshire County Council’s part-night streetlighting policy which was continued due to crime levels having not increased dramatically. As reported in last week’s The Voice, the figure led to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate branding the force “inadequate”. Several residents commented on our Facebook page with regards the ...

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Class A drugs pub could lose license

The future of a Spalding pub that has repeatedly tested positive for traces class A drugs on its premises faces a licence review panel decision on Tuesday (July 24). Areas within The Black Swan, New Road, have, since 2011, repeatedly tested positive for traces of class A drugs, including cocaine, heroin and MDMA, states the supporting documents of the Panel ...

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Long awaited play area for Moulton is not “on the horizon”

Despite years of tireless campaigning, Moulton still has no children’s play area. Hopes of a new facility were high when South Holland District Council bought Moulton Park in 2016. It was widely thought that a section would be available for the children of the village. South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes, who lives in Moulton, said this week ...

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Your say on the future of South Holland

The modified South East Lincolnshire Local Plan – which sets out the boundaries for town and village planning until the year 2036 – has been released. Modifications have been made to the plans for South Holland’s towns and villages and a six-week public consultation has begun. Views on the changes made following the examination hearing sessions are being welcomed by ...

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Town library gets new home

Spalding library will move to a new location in town. The library is set to vacate its two-storey Victoria Street location and relocate to the town’s Red Lion Quarter. An agenda item for the July 24 Lincolnshire County Council Public Protection and Communities Scrutiny Committee states: “Preparation is now underway for GLL [Greenwich Leisure Ltd] to move provision of the ...

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Universal Credit launches locally

The Universal Credit system has begun in South Holland. It is part of the government’s welfare and replaces income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit. A South Holland District Council statement says Universal Credit “is designed to encourage, support and make households financially better off through work”. This, ...

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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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