Council

COLUMN: Final call for entries to South Holland Open Arts competition

by Jess Horn, community development officer at South Holland District Council It’s getting towards that time of year again – South Holland Open Arts is nearly upon us. The popular exhibition has been running since 1999 and previously attracted artists and visitors from all over the East of England. This year it will be taking place at the South Holland ...

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COLUMN: Get ready to sign up for green waste collection service

by Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for place at South Holland District Council You may be aware that South Holland District Council will soon be launching a new pilot garden waste collection service. The much-anticipated scheme starts on April 4 and we will be launching the sign-up process imminently, so keep checking the web for details. Signing up will be ...

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Design for £57,000 Ayscoughfee Gardens pavilion criticised

The design of a new acoustic pavilion for Ayscoughfee Gardens in Spalding has been criticised. The £57,000 project is being funded by the remainder of the S106 (planning contribution) pot from the development of Springfields Outlet Shopping. The proposed pavilion – recommended for approval by South Holland district councillors tonight (Wednesday, Jan 27) – is due to replace a wooden ...

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Councillors’ donation plugs gap in Spalding choir’s funding

South Holland district councillors have provided funding to secure the future of a long-running Spalding choir. Voices Unplugged, a popular community choir based at Broad Street Methodist Church, has received a donation of £800. Six councillors – Gary Taylor, Jack McLean and George Aley (all Spalding), Jane King and Robert Clark (both Donington, Quadring and Gosberton), and Elizabeth Sneath (Pinchbeck and Surfleet) ...

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Five homes planned on former medical centre site

Plans have emerged for the former Gosberton Medical Centre to be demolished to make way for homes. The plot, which is close to the current practice in Low Gate, is earmarked for three terraced homes and two bungalows. Plans have been submitted to South Holland District Council under the name of Dr Mark Bemment, one of the partners in the ...

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Opposition to takeaway plan for former Welec shop in Spalding

A planning application to allow the former Welec shop in Spalding to become a takeaway is opposed by Spalding and District Civic Society. Welec, in New Road, closed last Saturday (January 16) following the retirement of business owners John and Jean Wellband. Premises landlord, The Trustees of the Frances Blane Settlement, has applied to South Holland District Council for permission ...

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Design for acoustic pavilion at Ayscoughfee Gardens revealed

This is the proposed design for a new pavilion for Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Gardens. The construction materials of oak and stainless steel have been selected to tie in with the surroundings of the Grade I listed hall, and detachable acoustic panels used at the back of the structure would enhance sound during dramatic and musical performances. The current pavilion with its ...

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Road maintenance and bus services in line for Lincolnshire County Council cutbacks

Road maintenance and bus services could suffer as part of £6.2million of proposed cuts to Lincolnshire County Council’s highways and transport budget. Measures being considered to make savings include gritting fewer roads, turning off some street lights, and reducing budgets for pothole repairs, grass verge cutting and rights of way upkeep. And a council meeting on Monday (January 18) was ...

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Lots of interest in council partnership homes in Donington

A new development of quality, affordable homes earmarked for South Holland residents is nearing completion. The Maltings, based in Maltings Lane, Donington, comprises of 51 homes, with 37 properties available for affordable rent and 14 for shared ownership. The range of one, two and three bedroom properties has been built by Waterloo Housing working in partnership with South Holland District ...

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Holbeach residents: ‘We shouldn’t have to wait ten years to get a safe A17 crossing’ 

A new pedestrian crossing for the A17 at Holbeach should not be ten or more years coming to fruition, according to a town mum. Paula Hayes is stepping up her call for action after Lincolnshire County Council admitted that criteria for a crossing near Boston Road roundabout has been met – but it has no money to pay for one. ...

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Schools may face fines for failing to avoid exclusions

Schools could face financial penalties in a bid to cut the number of children who are permanently excluded. The “pupil reintegration charge” could be levied against schools in Lincolnshire if they are unable to demonstrate they took all possible measures to prevent a child’s exclusion. The county has a poor record on permanent exclusions with the number growing – against ...

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Sign up for Environment Agency flood warnings for a chance to win £100

Residents in flood-risk areas of South Holland have a chance of winning £100 by signing up for Environment Agency warnings. The Floodline Lottery aims to encourage more to sign up for flood alerts. The lottery is organised by Boston Borough Council and is open to flood-risk residents in Boston borough, East Lindsey and South Holland (an Environment Agency map shows virtually ...

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The seven South Holland food premises requiring ‘major improvement’ in food hygiene standards

Seven food establishments in South Holland need “major improvement”, according to the Food Standards Agency. Five premises in Spalding, one in Long Sutton and another in Sutton Bridge all have a food hygiene rating of 1. Zero is the lowest and 5 the highest. They are: Delicious Coffee Shop, 32 Market Place, Long Sutton Global Foods, 2 Winsover Road, Spalding ...

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Stallholders bid farewell to South Holland markets after 24 years

A couple are enjoying some well-deserved rest – and lie-ins – in retirement after 24 years working on South Holland markets. Paul and Jackie Randall started with a stall on Long Sutton market and over the years their ranges of underwear, nightwear, socks, gloves and hats have also featured at Spalding, Holbeach and Crowland. The couple also had a stall ...

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Seeing the good and bad – a day in the life of a South Holland District Council food safety officer

The Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme tells us about standards in restaurants and other food businesses. The ranking system goes from 0 (lowest) to 5 (highest). In South Holland, 97.3 per cent of food outlets have a rating of 3 or better. Here, district council food safety officer Mandy Baker gives an account of a day of unannounced inspections… 9am: Check ...

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Second thoughts on dual carriageway plan for Holbeach

A proposal to dual a short stretch of the A17 at Holbeach has come under fresh scrutiny. Plans for two new roundabouts – one at Peppermint Junction (A17/A151) and another on the A151 near the travellers’ site – have been submitted by Lincolnshire County Council. Creation of dual carriageway between the proposed A17 roundabout and Boston Road roundabout does not ...

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Spalding headteachers hail impact of schools’ kitchen pods

Pupils at two Spalding primary schools are benefiting from new kitchen pods providing hot and nutritious lunches. St Paul’s and St John The Baptist were two of seven schools in the county to have stand-alone, fully equipped kitchen pods installed after Lincolnshire County Council won a £1.2m bid from the Department for Education under the universal free school meals programme. ...

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Praise for South Holland smoke free sign design entrants

The winners in a competition to design smoke free signs have received iPad prizes. The competition was run between South Holland District Council and The Voice, which highlighted the passive smoking health concerns of nurse and Spalding dad Mark Le Sage. More than 160 entries were received and the signs will go up soon at schools, nurseries and play areas. ...

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South Holland District Council submits 11th-hour bid to buy Moulton Park

UPDATE (Thursday, 4pm): South Holland District Council is hoping to buy Moulton Park. At a meeting of the full council on Wednesday, it was agreed that a bid to buy the 23 acres of land would be submitted before the closing date for tenders tomorrow (Friday, December 18). If the bid were to be successful, the council would then negotiate with ...

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Food tips to follow to ensure this Christmas is not a turkey

Food safety is important all year round – and a little planning will ensure this Christmas is not remembered for all the wrong reasons. Nearly a third of people will be eating Christmas dinner with more than seven guests and 45 per cent will spend over five hours preparing and cooking. South Holland District Council has teamed up with the ...

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