Council

Pay more for all-night street lights

South Holland communities which want street lights on all night may well have to pay for the benefit. A report into the county’s part-night lighting initiative is due to go before the overview and scrutiny management board today (Thurs). There are a total of five recommendations for members to discuss following a review. A range of topics were covered by ...

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Proposed Local Plan continues to cause confusion for planning issues

Reference to the unadopted Local Plan has caused conflict among planning committee members. South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee on Tuesday, April 11, voted to approve a bungalow at Pipwell Gate, Moulton Seas End in principle. But the decision process sparked debate when the emerging Local Plan was referred to in relation to the boundary. A Local Plan details a ...

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JobCentre Plus opens at council

JobCentre Plus has become the first to officially move in alongside South Holland District Council (SHDC) at the authority’s Priory Road base. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has moved its facility in the town from its previous offices in Westlode Street. A budget of £350,000 was set aside to alter the ground floor at Priory Road to accommodate ...

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Views sought on new Lincolnshire waste strategy

A consultation into how waste is disposed of in Lincolnshire has been launched. The Lincolnshire Waste Partnership, made up of the local councils in the area has unveiled its Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy document. If passed it will replace the strategy brought into force in 2018. Coun Eddy Poll, chairman of Lincolnshire Waste Partnership, said: “It is very important ...

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Councils’ gender pay gaps differ

Two major councils have released their gender pay gap figures, with varying results. Among staff at South Holland District Council, the median hourly rate for women is 16.5 per cent higher than men’s. So on a median basis, women earn £1.16 for every £1 that men earn. Lincolnshire County Council, however, reports that among its staff, women’s median hourly rate ...

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Yes to new homes on Spalding car park site

Proposals for an over-55s housing development on a Spalding town centre brownfield site look set to be approved. The application to transform a car park and buildings at Drapers Place was sent back to developers for fine-tuning earlier this year. But a meeting of the planning committee at South Holland District Council is recommended to approve the proposal on Tuesday ...

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Holbeach road crossing is ‘more dangerous than ever’

A Holbeach campaigner has said recent adjustments have made crossing the A17 more dangerous than ever. In 2016, a petition organised by Paula Hayes raised more than 800 signatures and was presented to Lincolnshire County Council. The petition, which had the backing of John Hayes MP, called for better crossing provisions on the A17 but changes made during the recent ...

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End of UKIP party in South Holland

The South Holland and the Deepings branch of UKIP has shut-up shop. The branch was unhappy with the national leadership since the EU referendum and folded at a meeting on Monday evening. Two members of South Holland District Council were elected on the UKIP ticket at the time of the last local elections. Paul Foyster is becoming an independent member ...

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Concerns over council economic development outsourcing

Concerns have been raised over a proposal to let a Peterborough City Council body oversee economic development in the area. South Holland District Council’s cabinet decided to discuss its proposal to outsource its economic development services to Opportunity Peterborough behind closed doors at its meeting on Tuesday after councillors expressed concerns. The authority currently has an Inward Investment team that ...

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Council writes–off £132,000 in unpaid debts

South Holland District Council has written-off debts of more than £132,000. The total cost to the authority is £56,164 and the vast majority of the money was owned by businesses which had become insolvent. “All methods of recovery are considered and pursued in line with legislative provision, before making the decision to write off,” said a report which went before ...

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Council’s Jobs Fair returns

The annual South Holland Jobs Fair is back for 2018. This year’s event takes place on Tuesday May 1 and offers visitors the opportunity to speak to over 50 employers and training providers from a range of industries who are recruiting in our area. The popular event is being held at The Castle Sports Complex between 10am-2pm and is organised ...

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Sporting effort from district council

Staff at South Holland District Council went head-to-head with 1Life employees in an exercise bike challenge and raised £112.61 for Sport Relief in the process. A challenge was set to see which team could cover the most distance in a four-hour relay-style race, with each rider doing a 15-minute stint, clocking up 114km. Coun Malcolm Chandler said: “It’s very important ...

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Overhaul of Spalding’s ‘tatty and tired’ leisure facilities on the cards?

A total overhaul of South Holland’s ageing leisure facilities could be on the way. A planned examination of the district council’s leisure facilities could see an overhaul of provisions to bring them up to date with modern demands. South Holland District Council, which owns the Castle Sports Complex and Swimming Pool in Spalding and Peele Leisure Centre in Long Sutton, ...

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Council vows to improve waste disposal

South Holland was the worst performing area in Lincolnshire for recycling and composting household waste in 2016/17. Figures presented to the meeting of the Lincolnshire Waste Management Partnership indicate that South Holland District Council recycled and composted 28.3 per cent of household waste it collected in the last financial year. The next lowest authority was City of Lincoln with 36.2 ...

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South Holland salutes the Commonwealth

Commonwealth Day (March 12) was marked by a flag raising ceremony at South Holland District Council. The celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations is held on the second Monday of March with this year’s theme being “Towards a Common Future”. Councillor Rodney Grocock raised the flag at the district council’s Priory Road offices alongside Ben Stock of the Merchant Navy ...

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Development near Holbeach turned down

Plans to turn a commercial site in Holbeach into a seven-house residential plot have been refused. The housing development proposed for the former Swepstones site on Battlefields Lane was unanimously turned down last Wednesday, by South Holland District Council’s planning committee on the grounds that commercial land would be lost and it is too far from town. Planning officers recommended ...

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Empty homes figures clarified by council

South Holland District Council has far less empty homes than it stated in a recent report, according to a spokesman. Last week’s Spalding Voice contained the article: ‘Rise in number of empty council houses’. Details came from a report to the council’s Policy Development Panel which met on Tuesday, February 20. The report states: “As at January 31, 2018; SHDC ...

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Survey reveals dim view of street lights switch off

Three quarters are against part-night lighting but a poor turnout in responses to a Lincolnshire County Council survey could be detrimental to the district having its voice heard, according to the review committee chairman. In November, the council launched a questionnaire to determine the public’s view of part-night street lighting, which plunges streets into darkness after midnight. The review has ...

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Sharp increase in abandoned cars in South Holland

The number of abandoned cars reported in South Holland has gone up five-fold in the last five years – and the council is paying the price. Figures obtained by Confused.com through Freedom of Information requests reveal during last financial year, 157 abandoned cars were reported, a sharp rise from 31 in 2012/13. So far this year, 153 cars have been ...

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Clarity requested on Spalding rate

The committee that oversees how Spalding’s proportion of council tax is spent has asked for more clarity. The precept Spalding residents pay towards the town is being increased by 5.7 per cent, which had already been backed by South Holland District Council’s cabinet even before the Spalding Town Forum met on Thursday, February 15. The forum, set up as Spalding ...

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