Council

Sale of Moulton Park sparks interest among parish council and villagers

The proposed quick sale of Moulton Park could provide a “golden opportunity” to enable the village to finally get a play area. Moulton Parish Council is interested in buying the park but does not have the funds – the guide price for the 23-acre site is around £250,000. The parish council has long wanted to provide a play area for ...

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The Voice says: How much longer must we suffer this dangerous eyesore?

A rundown site blighting Spalding town centre is now dangerous too. Some of the boards covering windows at the former Royal Mail sorting office in The Crescent are no longer in place, exposing jagged, smashed sheets of glass at head height. Now The Voice is demanding remedial action be taken before somebody is seriously hurt. However, the owner of the site ...

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Winning designers in South Holland smokefree sign competition revealed

The designs for smokefree signs going up at schools, nurseries and play areas soon have been revealed. Youngsters submitted entries to a competition run by South Holland District Council in conjunction with The Voice. The council is introducing a voluntary no smoking code across its play areas and at the frontages of schools and nurseries. The signs will be put ...

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Waste collection dates for South Holland households over Christmas and New Year

Dates for refuse and recycling collections across South Holland over the Christmas and New Year period have been announced. Collections scheduled for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day will take place on Saturday, January 2 Collections scheduled for Monday, December 28, will take place on Monday, January 4 For more information visit South Holland District Council’s website.

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Cancelled Spalding Christmas Market is rescheduled for Sunday

Spalding Christmas Market – which was called off at the weekend due to forecasted high winds – has been rescheduled for this Sunday (December 6). The market was due to be held in the town centre last Sunday, with many town shops opening to coincide with it, but organisers contacted The Voice at 7pm on Saturday with the news. On Tuesday Spalding ...

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Holbeach market in trial move to Boston Road car park

Holbeach market is on the move after centuries in High Street. South Holland District Council is moving the stalls to Boston Road car park from January 7 for a trial period. It is hoped that the move will increase visitor footfall and attract new traders. There is thought to have been a market and fair in the town since the 13th ...

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Spalding Christmas Market cancelled

Spalding Christmas Market – scheduled for Sunday (November 29) – has been cancelled due to forecasted high winds. Organisers contacted The Voice at 7pm on Saturday with the news. Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant said: “We have had to cancel the Christmas Market tomorrow due to the expected bad weather; wind speeds of between 30-45 mph.” Ayscoughfee Hall Winter ...

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DAY IN THE LIFE: South Holland District Council leader Porter’s first day in House of Lords

South Holland District Council leader and Local Government Association chairman Gary Porter (55) last week (November 18) had his first day in Parliament’s second chamber as Lord Porter of Spalding. It coincided with an #ourday Twitter initiative to highlight the work of local government. We’ve fleshed out his tweets to give a flavour of a memorable day in his life. ...

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Councillors ‘draconian’ to order restoration work on fence extension without planning permission

Planning councillors stand accused of being “draconian” after getting tough over work done without permission. Homeowner Simon Barker has been ordered to reinstate the line of a replacement boundary fence which he extended to enclose a 9m x 2m piece of his land that had attracted animal fouling and litter. And Zagros Abdullah has been told to restore a window ...

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COUNCIL MATTERS COLUMN: Which services should we preserve and which should we cut?

By Coun Nick Worth, deputy leader of South Holland District Council Public services are likely to be severely tested as a result of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement this week. This stems from his incessant drive to tackle the national debt and balance the books by 2020. District councils are proportionately likely to take a larger hit – our main funding ...

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End of long road to get Holbeach path installed

The wait of more than 30 years to get a proper footpath for a popular pedestrian route in Holbeach is over. Issues over land ownership and public rights of way hampered efforts to get a path – known locally as Skinners Chase – installed between Langwith Gardens and Stukeley Hall Drive. Coun Francis Biggadike, in particular, has put a lot ...

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Annual blessing for road gritters at Pode Hole depot

The gritters covering South Holland’s roads have been blessed ahead of their winter programme. The annual service took place at Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways Alliance depot in Pode Hole. There are six gritting routes out of Pode Hole and a spare gritter to cover for breakdowns, making a total of seven lorries. Pictured (back, from left) – Nicholas Bell, Tom ...

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Further reduction in opening hours of Spalding tip

Opening hours at Spalding tip are set to reduce further after South Holland District Council approved a pilot scheme for a garden waste collection service. Lincolnshire County Council, which runs the Household Waste Recycling Centre in West Marsh Road, has indicated that it will also stop Saturday morning skip collections around the district. District council cabinet members last week approved ...

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Preferred candidate to run Lincolnshire’s new library service announced

A non-profit organisation is the preferred candidate to run Lincolnshire’s restyled library service from next April.  County council officers are recommending that Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) be awarded the contract when the executive meets to take a decision on December 1. If approved, GLL would take on the running the county’s 15 major libraries, along with online services and specialist ...

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Spalding café suffers dip in trade after criticism of signage

A Spalding eaterie described as looking like a “dog’s dinner” has hit back after suffering a loss of trade. Takings at Sunshine Café and Restaurant have dipped since reports of a South Holland District Council planning committee meeting. Owner Alex Aydin blames people believing the comment referred to the food, when in fact Coun Pete Williams was talking about the ...

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Wheelie bins: Council not planning to extend their use beyond garden waste

A former South Holland district councillor has challenged leader Gary Porter over the introduction of wheelie bins for waste collection. On Tuesday (Nov 10), the council’s cabinet approved a proposal for a two-year pilot scheme for a kerbside garden waste collection scheme. The subscription scheme would see residents issued with a 240-litre brown wheelie bin. Households can apply for up ...

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Trial for kerbside garden waste collection scheme in South Holland approved

A pilot garden waste collection scheme will launch in South Holland next April. Members of South Holland District Council’s cabinet unanimously approved the project at a meeting on Tuesday. The two-year pilot will initially be available to 5,000 households with residents who sign up provided with wheelie bins. A total of 500 kerbside collections will be made daily on a ...

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Medals and certificates for arty youngsters in South Holland District Council scheme

Youngsters who took part in The Great South Holland Artsathlon this year have been awarded medals and certificate. The South Holland District Council scheme invited children aged from four upwards to take part in arts activities during the summer holidays. This year there were over 100 sessions, including visual and performing arts workshops, creative writing sessions and watching shows at the South ...

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One year on and £13,000 clean-up bill for Bull and Monkie site still unpaid

The £13,000 bill for tidying up a Spalding eyesore remains unpaid by the site owner after 12 months. In November 2014, South Holland District Council cleared up the Bull and Monkie plot in Churchgate and secured the site with railings after an order served upon Crispen Holdings went ignored. The cost was then recharged to the firm. A council spokesperson ...

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Holbeach developer criticised for cut to affordable homes at Crowland scheme

A major developer has been pulled over the coals by South Holland district councillors for wanting to build less affordable housing at a Crowland scheme than was previously agreed. Ashley King (Developments) Ltd was granted permission for 50 homes – including 16 affordable units (one third) – on land off Peterborough Road last year. But the Holbeach firm has since ...

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