Council

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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‘Just dual it’ say A47 campaigners

Pinchbeck logistics company Freshlinc has joined the calls to make the A47 a dual carriageway which it says will boost the area’s economy. South Holland District Council is among the partners of The A47 Alliance that has launched the Just Dual It campaign. It’s calling for the 115-mile length between Peterborough and Lowestoft to be made a dual carriageway by ...

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Conservative councillor elected in Donington, Quadring and Gosberton by-election

Conservative candidate Sue Wray has been elected district councillor for Donington, Quadring and Gosberton. More than a quarter of the electorate (26.39 per cent) turned out to vote in the by-election yesterday (May 3) with 1,517 ballot papers issued. Sue Wray won with 1,021 votes. She stood against Terri Cornwell (Independent, 185 votes), Neil Oakman (Lib Dem, 169 votes) and ...

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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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