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Council to build more new homes in Spalding

South Holland District Council is to build 20 more new affordable homes at the former Law’s Yard in Spalding. Following on from last week’s news that it had bought eight homes to rent and part-own, Willow Walk is being built in Commercial Road alongside Cross Keys Homes (CKH) and Minster Property Group. The district council says work is set to ...

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District and parish council elections open for nominations

You can now apply to stand in the forthcoming district and parish council elections. The votes take place on Thursday, May 2. A spokesman for SHDC said: “Candidates who wish to submit their nomination for this year’s district and parish elections in South Holland are being encouraged to make an appointment with the Council’s elections team. “Appointments can be made ...

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Group opposing relief road set up

A campaign group has been launched calling for further consultation on the Spalding Western Relief Road, planning applications for the first two sections of which were submitted last week. The Spalding and Pinchbeck Against Relief Road (SPARR) group has been set up to unite residents from both towns opposing the proposed road and it’s set to hold a public meeting ...

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Botched pothole fix mystery

A botched attempted pothole fix has led to flooding and homes shaking when lorries go past, neighbours have claimed. Those who have lived for years on Jekil’s Bank in Holbeach St Johns told The Voice they’d never known large vehicles to shake houses until the attempt to cover a pothole was made last month. Residents on both sides of the ...

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Council team’s £276k overspend

A district council department overspend increased to more than a quarter of a million pounds in the third quarter of this financial year. In the South Holland District Council financial report for Q3, the £276,000 Environmental Services overspend was put down to factors including the last year’s car park payment machines debacle, loss of market stall income, a reduction in ...

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Council buys up affordable homes

South Holland District Council has bought 18 properties to offer as affordable homes. The one-, two- and three-bed homes built by property developer Ashwood Homes are situated in Donington, Cowbit and Moulton. Six of the homes across the three sites will be available as part of the council’s shared ownership scheme. People who cannot afford the mortgage on 100 per ...

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Planning application for first parts of Spalding Western Relief Road submitted

Planning applications for the northern and southern sections of the Spalding Western Relief Road have been submitted. The applications relate to two different portions of the proposed single carriageway road – one from the B1172 Spalding Common to Holland Park Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) and one from the B1172 Spalding Common to Holland Park Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE). If planning permission ...

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Council aims for digital age

South Holland District Council is looking to save money by changing the way it deals with residents. A new customer access strategy outlines plans to potentially save £206,000 a year by making the website the main point of contact. “The council will prioritise online and automated services wherever possible,” said a report that went before cabinet members on Tuesday. “Phone ...

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Local Plan formally adopted

A strategy that provides a blueprint for all future development in South Holland and Boston has been formally adopted. The South East Lincolnshire Local Plan was given the green light by members of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee – a partnership of South Holland District Council, Boston Borough and Lincolnshire County Council at a meeting at Boston ...

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Get ready for a Spring Clean

The dates for The Great British Spring Clean events in South Holland have been revealed. As stated previously in The Voice, South Holland District Council’s Pride team is getting on board with the national campaign. It has organised dates across South Holland, and you can join the team to help with making your area look sparkling. The dates of community ...

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Coroner to report A16 junction after four fatalities

A junction on the A16 at Crowland is to be reported to the Government and Lincolnshire County Council by a senior coroner as “not a fit and proper configuration”. The ‘island’ junction – where the B1166 Hulls Drove and James Road meet the trunk road – has been the scene of up to four fatalities since its installation in 2010, ...

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New operator at leisure sites

New providers have taken over the district’s leisure sites, with a pledge to focus on customer service and cleanliness – two issues that have dogged the Spalding facility in recent times. Parkwood this week replaced 1Life as operators of the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding and Long Sutton’s Peele Leisure Centre, and pledged to improve both facilities. The five-year contract ...

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Historic Spalding waterway found on site proposed for flats

It’s been revealed a historic waterway unknown to local historians has been discovered on a site where 18 flats in Spalding have been recommended for approval to be built. South Holland District Council is recommended to accept the plans for the former Fitness Company at Spring Gardens when it meets on Wednesday, March 13, despite opposition from local residents. The ...

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Council Tax cost of empty homes could rocket

Council Tax bills for those owning empty residential property could go up by four times the original cost. The bill for an empty home can already be 200 per cent of the annual band amount from next month. From April next year the bill could rise to 300 per cent and increase further to 400 per cent in 2021. The ...

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Will you run? A guide to this year’s elections

The district council elections take place on May 2 this year and if you’ve ever thought of running for election, here’s all you need to know. In May, 37 positions in South Holland District Council will be up for grabs. Since the 2015 election, the council has been made up of 28 councillors representing the Conservative Party and nine independent ...

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Woman texted partner about marriage weeks before allegedly murdering him

A woman accused of murdering her partner after driving for nearly 200 metres with him on the bonnet of their car had discussed marriage with him just weeks earlier, a jury was told. Alison Skingsly exchanged text messages with Kevin Nix in which talked about getting married, the jury heard. James Thomas, prosecuting, read out a series of texts between ...

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Council tax rise approved as 2019/20 budget set

South Holland District Council has agreed to increase council tax by almost 3 per cent. At last night’s full council meeting (Wednesday), the 2019/20 budget was approved, meaning residents will face a 2.91 per cent tax rise for district council services. The 2019/20 budget, which the council has called a “strong and clear financial plan” includes the building of affordable ...

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Anger over siting of Spalding relief road

The route of a new relief road around Spalding may change after a backlash from residents whose homes could be lost in the project. One resident of Bourne Road said there had been no contact with him or his neighbours about the route. Lincolnshire County Council is currently consulting on the South West Relief Road and the suggestion that nine ...

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Council to build homes on Spalding playing field?

Controversial plans for South Holland District Council to build affordable homes on a Spalding playing field could be resurrected. Welland Homes, the housing company solely owned by South Holland District Council, submitted an outline planning application to build up to 24 homes on land off Severn Road designated as public open space in 2016. A decision on that application was ...

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Plan for ‘pay to use’ loos in South Holland

Brand new toilet facilities that the public would have to pay to use are being looked at for towns in South Holland. Councillors branded the current public facilities as being in ‘dire need of replacing’ as a report on their state came before South Holland District Council’s cabinet last week. It led to SHDC’s portfolio holder for place Coun Roger ...

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