Council

Residents’ concerns over 242 new homes planned for Weston

A fourth planning application for Weston has taken the total number of proposed homes to 242 – potentially increasing the village’s total by about one third. Residents have formed a group to raise concerns and ward district councillor Andrew Woolf insists that Weston needs more services to go hand in hand with the developments. He said: “I’m not against good ...

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Council buys Moulton open green space for £302,000 while wanting to build on Spalding playing field

The amount of green open space belonging to South Holland District Council has increased dramatically with the £302,000 purchase of Moulton Park. The 23 acres of land, just off High Road, sold for £52,000 above the guide price. Ward district councillor and cabinet member Anthony Casson says residents from across the district can look forward to “first-class recreational facilities”. While ...

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Hundreds of householders join South Holland’s new garden waste collection scheme

More than 400 households across South Holland have signed up for a trial garden waste collection scheme, launching on Monday, April 4. The council-run scheme costs £49 per year plus a one-off fee of £15 to cover delivery and lease of the bins. On Monday (March 14), the council had 427 households involved. A council spokesman said: “This is in ...

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Animal instinct leads Dina to make history at South Holland Open Arts event

In 2014, three brown piglets helped artist Dina Perejogina win the public vote at South Holland Open Arts contest – and this year it’s a brown bull. Dina’s painting Head Strong has led to her becoming the first artist to win the coveted trophy twice, following a poll at the exhibition in the South Holland Centre. Dina, of Spalding, said: “I ...

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Prisoners play part in blitz on fly-tipping in South Holland

Hundreds of tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish have been cleared thanks to an ongoing multi-agency project utilising prisoners. Operation Fly Swat has dealt with more than 5,000 jobs since its inception four years ago. And it’s led to £300,000 worth of fly-tip clearance in South Holland and Boston being achieved for just £60,000. Boston Borough Council oversees the scheme, and the ...

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A burning desire for rubbish: The power plant dealing with our waste

An energy plant reducing the amount of waste in Lincolnshire going to landfill is playing an important role during the current chilly spell. About 170,000 tonnes of residual household and commercial waste from across the county is now treated each year at the Energy from Waste (EfW) facility at North Hykeham, near Lincoln, which opened in 2013. Lincolnshire County Council ...

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Property under construction at travellers’ site does not match plans

The first permanent property being built on a gypsy/travellers’ site at Holbeach has breached its planning permission. South Holland District Council gave consent last November for William Gaskin to build a dayroom at Rose View Drive, but part of the property is not as agreed. A council spokesman said: “We are aware that windows in the gable ends of the ...

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Almost half of Spalding playing field could be used for housing

A plan to use almost half of a public playing field for a housing development is facing strong opposition. Welland Homes Ltd – South Holland District Council’s new housebuilding company – wants to put 24 homes on Severn Road Playing Field in Spalding. The move, which would use 42 per cent of the field, has received objections from Sport England, ...

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Bid to scrap controversial design for Ayscoughfee Gardens performance area

A move is being made to try and stop the controversial proposed outdoor performance area for Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Gardens being built. The £57,000 project – designed by Heritage Lincolnshire – was granted planning permission in January. While some people have welcomed the contemporary look, it has not gone down well with others. Spalding Town Forum chairman Coun George Aley likened it ...

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South Holland district councillors urged to back Brexit

Councillors in South Holland are to be asked to consider agreeing that the interests of the district’s residents would be best served by the UK leaving the European Union. In a move rarely seen at South Holland District Council, three members – Paul Foyster, Pete Williams and Angela Newton – have written to chief executive Anna Graves asking for a ...

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Smokefree code signs going up around South Holland

Signs encouraging people not to smoke in council play areas, and in front of schools and nurseries are going up in South Holland. It follows a campaign initiated by Spalding dad Mark Le Sage last summer. South Holland District Council agreed to introduce a voluntary no smoking code in areas where children could be affected by passive smoking. The council ...

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Council introduces form for making premises licence representations

South Holland District Council has devised a form to facilitate making acceptable representations about premises licence applications. It can be downloaded from a section of the council’s website where there is also advice on grounds for opposition or support, relating to licensing objectives. Click here for the relevant section.

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Wendy and Alison are first winners at this year’s South Holland Open Arts exhibition

Two artists are celebrating after winning awards at this year’s South Holland Open Arts exhibition. Best Newcomer, chosen by the judges, was Wendy Jones Dabrowska for her painting ‘Room With a View’. And the winner of the Best Photography prize was Alison Loakes for ‘Ketton Quarry’. Visitors to the exhibition can vote for their favourite artwork by filling out voting ...

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Good results from Spalding CCTV but transmission problem for Holbeach and Crowland

The new CCTV system in South Holland has led to eight arrests in Spalding in the past three months. However, there is not such good news about the seven cameras in Holbeach and Crowland, which have so far been unable to transmit images to the 24/7 monitoring suite in Boston. Contractors are looking at “alternative transmission options” to resolve the ...

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Ten health trainer jobs at risk after council pulls funding

Ten health trainer jobs are at risk after a Lincolnshire County Council decision to stop funding the service. Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS), which delivers the service in South Holland, Boston and South Kesteven, has begun a restructuring effort to try and retain the service. LCVS employs ten people – three in South Holland – and hopes to find ...

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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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