Council

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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South Holland District Council finances ‘strong’ – Worth

South Holland District Council’s deputy leader Nick Worth has stated the authority is in a “strong” position, but concerns have been raised about the future. The district council’s cabinet backed its budget and Mid Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) at its meeting on Tuesday, February 13. As reported in The Voice last week, the council faces a budget gap of around ...

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Members are not gagged say council

A parish council says it does not try and gag councillors after launching a new press and media policy. Pinchbeck Parish Council members have been told they can’t speak to the press. It comes after The Voice attempted to speak to councillors following the 130 per cent rise in council tax. A copy of the press and media policy was ...

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Council looks to give Holbeach’s Peppermint Park businesses planning head start

A council is looking to guarantee outline planning permission to businesses wishing to locate to a new Holbeach business park It comes following the official launch of phase one of the Holbeach Food Enterprise Zone, to be called Peppermint Park. The park aimed at the agricultural industry is to be built near to the A17’s Peppermint Junction. Phase one of ...

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Neighbour bids to take planners to judicial review

A Holbeach neighbour disgruntled at a builder failing to follow permitted plans for two homes next to her property has vowed to take South Holland District Council to court. The authority’s planning committee voted retrospectively to allow amended plans for the semi-detached homes on Battlefields Lane South at its meeting on Wednesday, February 7. Ann Kidd alerted planning officers that ...

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Huge council tax rise in Pinchbeck

Pinchbeck residents will see their council tax bills rise more than most after the village’s parish council elected to put its precept up by nearly 130 per cent. The precept is the share of the council tax that goes to the authority. Currently the owner of a band D property in the village would pay £27.54 a year towards the ...

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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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