Council

Fresh premises licence bid for Spalding property

A fresh application has been made for a premises licence for the former China City Restaurant in Winsover Road. The property is currently being altered in preparation for it opening as a general store. Previously, Karwan Ahmad had applied to South Holland District Council for permission to sell alcohol. But Mr Ahmad had his premises licences for neighbouring stores Winsover ...

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Success of council’s Meet The Buyer networking event

A special networking event giving local businesses the chance to understand about opportunities for working with South Holland District Council was a success. The first ever Meet The Buyer event, at the South Holland Centre in Spalding, had over 80 people attending. Organised by the council’s economic development team, business representatives had the opportunity to learn about winning contracts to ...

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Threat to pupils’ free transport to grammar schools

Free transport to Lincolnshire’s 16 grammar schools is under threat. There is no statutory requirement for the county council to provide or pay for transport to a grammar school, unless it is the nearest school over three miles to a pupil’s home. Currently, 25 per cent of the county is not within an area benefiting from free grammar school transport, ...

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Push for support as South Holland District Council pays £2.3m to drainage boards

A concerted effort is being made for the government to make allowances for South Holland District Council continuing to fund internal drainage boards. The local authority is one of fewer than 20 across the country which collects a precept for IDBs. Were it not for that, South Holland’s council tax bill would be the second lowest in the country. The ...

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The Moultons? ‘Daft’ name change

A name change of Moulton Parish Council to The Moultons to better reflect the area it serves has been passed despite criticism by ward district councillor Rodney Grocock. He told last week’s meeting of South Holland District Council: “I’ve never heard anything so daft in all my life. What next? Are we going back to The Suttons and The Elloes. ...

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Council leader Porter calls for update of Sunday trading laws

South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter is one of 150 top councillors nationwide calling for the Prime Minister to press ahead with plans to update the Sunday trading laws. A letter also signed by 40 MPs, which was published in The Telegraph, calls on David Cameron to allow local councils to decide upon shop opening hours. It reads: “We ...

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Hayes voting to leave EU – and so too are some leading South Holland councillors

John Hayes is ready to defy the Prime Minister and vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. The Tory South Holland and the Deepings MP – a well-documented Eurosceptic – will reinforce that stance in the referendum this summer. His vote will be something of a conscience struggle for Mr Hayes, a fervent supporter of David Cameron ...

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More expensive council tax bills on their way to you soon

More expensive council tax bills for South Holland residents are expected to be approved on Wednesday (February 24). Figures agreed by South Holland District Council’s cabinet last week were due to be rubber-stamped by full council, triggering the annual process of bills being printed and sent out within days. The approval would represent a first rise in six years of the district ...

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Anger and confusion following launch of garden waste pilot

The launch of the pilot garden waste scheme has left many South Holland residents confused and angry. The scheme launched on February 15 with people being urged to sign up as soon as possible as only 2,500 households would be able to subscribe on a first come first served basis. However on the day of the launch the Voice was ...

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Now pavilion design is panned by Friends of Ayscoughfee group

A controversial proposal for a new pavilion in Ayscoughfee Gardens has come in for further criticism – from a group of supporters of the Grade I listed attraction. The Friends of Ayscoughfee says not enough consultation was carried out with user groups, including itself. Chairman Coun Graham Dark labelled the pavilion, which was granted planning permission last month, a “monstrosity” ...

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Council tells Spalding off-licence owner: ‘Get on with restoration work or we’ll prosecute’

A Spalding off-licence owner faces prosecution unless he quickly starts restoring unauthorised work on the property. An appeal process against South Holland District Council’s decision to refuse retrospective consent for the work at the former Station Gates pub in Winsover Road has collapsed after business owner Zagros Abdullah failed to supply all the necessary paperwork in time. In August last ...

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Lincolnshire County Council proposed cuts softened by £7.7m extra funding

Proposed budget cuts of £42million by Lincolnshire County Council have been eased a little by a promise of £7.7m extra of government funding over the next two years. The council’s executive met last week, and agreed to an array of savings due to be approved by full council on Friday, February 19. Total expenditure of £465m would be supported by ...

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No resolution in sight for closed Spalding footpath putting pedestrians in danger

Action is being urged to prevent a pedestrian potentially being killed on a busy Spalding road. Subsidence caused a footpath in Barrier Bank to be closed by Lincolnshire Councty Council in 2013. More than two years later the council is warning that no resolution is currently available. South Holland district councillor Graham Dark and Roger Perkins, a resident of nearby ...

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Lincolnshire Conservatives unhappy with Prime Minister’s draft EU/UK deal

Some Conservative members on Lincolnshire County Council say David Cameron’s EU/UK deal does not offer a “good opportunity” for the county. They say unless a better arrangement can be negotiated, the UK “would be better placed to grow and develop outside the European Union”. Before the full council meeting on Friday (February 19), Coun Tony Bridges (Louth Rural North) is ...

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Two more Spalding shops have premises licence revoked for illegal trading

The premises licences for two Spalding shops have been revoked after both were found to have sold smuggled cigarettes. It means Winsover and Baltic – both in Winsover Road and both having Karwan Ahmad as the premises licence holder – will be unable to sell alcohol when the 21-day appeal period expires next month. At a review of the premises licence ...

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‘Pride’ officer to clean up Spalding streets

A dedicated “pride officer” has been appointed to reduce litter on South Holland’s streets. Pride Officer Dave Rodwell’s has been taken on as part of South Holland District Council’s Pride in South Holland campaign to report littering, dog fouling and fly-tipping. He will also focus on encouraging people to use litter bins, especially when disposing cigarettes. His efforts have already ...

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Council urges residents to be quick signing up to new garden waste collection scheme

South Holland District Council is urging people to quickly sign up to its garden waste collection scheme from Monday.(February 15) Visit www.sholland.gov.uk/gardenwaste or drop in to the customer service centre in Priory Road, Spalding. The pilot scheme is initially only offered to 2,500 households so subscriptions will be on a first come, first served basis. Once households have successfully signed up ...

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: The Voice stands with readers on blight of off-licences in Spalding

Today we are standing shoulder to shoulder with our readers who say the look and feel of Spalding is suffering from having too many off-licences. We say the proliferation is not just failing to offer something fresh and attractive to the town centre’s visitors and economy, it is actually serving as a detraction. And an alarming number of off-licences have ...

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Anger and upset over new ruling at Holbeach cemeteries

Grieving families say they are appalled at Holbeach Parish Council telling them to remove “inappropriate” items placed on their loved ones’ graves. Notices warning of the move went up in the councils’ cemeteries last year, with notes pinned to individual graves a fortnight ago. Becci Holden and Charlotte Hobday are so outraged that they began online petitions against the move. ...

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Gosberton store has premises licence revoked

An off-licence which showed no sign of addressing concerns over its operation has lost its premises licence. The action against Gosberton Market in Spalding Road, Gosberton, was taken by South Holland District Council on Wednesday (February 3). A hearing of the district council’s licensing panel comprising councillors Malcolm Chandler, Anthony Casson and Christine Lawton was told that repeated attempts by the authorities ...

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