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Council left to clear up travellers’ car park mess

Travellers who set up camp on council-owned land have moved on, leaving the council to clear up the mess. About 20 caravans parked up on land at Winfrey Avenue and King’s Road on Thursday. They left again sometime between Sunday and Monday morning. A spokesman for South Holland District Council said: “We can confirm that a number of travellers set ...

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Inspirational Margaret a worthy winner of Moulton Parish Citizen of the Year

Inspirational Margaret Horn has been named Moulton Parish Citizen of the Year. She narrowly edged out John Heron and Hendrina Tibbs at an awards event with friends and family at Moulton Seas End Village Hall. The parish council said: “All three were very worthy candidates for the award and for their involvement within the community. However, there can only be ...

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Lots of opportunities on offer at South Holland Jobs Fair

The annual South Holland Jobs Fair is in Spalding on Tuesday, April 26. Visitors will have the chance to speak to over 30 employers and training providers from a range of industries who are currently recruiting in the district. Representatives from several sectors including the food industry, care and training providers will be on hand to discuss current vacancies as ...

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Council and police tightlipped over £20,000 refuse lorry crash

The cause of a crash which resulted in more than £20,000 of damage to a refuse lorry is not being made public. The incident on September 23 last year saw the South Holland District Council vehicle ditch in Nene Terrace Road, Crowland. Three crew members were injured, with one flown to hospital with serious injuries. The council declined to disclose ...

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Petition calling for wheelie bins in South Holland’s weekly waste collections

A petition is calling for waste bins to be introduced to the weekly waste and recycling collections in South Holland. It comes amid claims that cats are being poisoned by residents dousing bin bags with antifreeze. Deborah Weekes and Tracey Tugwell, of Sutton Bridge, have organised the online petition at www.change.org, which has so far attracted close to 500 signatures. ...

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Police frustration as Spalding trader caught selling smuggled cigarettes appeals

Police have expressed annoyance and frustration at legislation which enables two Spalding shops caught with thousands of smuggled cigarettes to freely continue selling licensed goods. Karwan Ahmad had his premises licences for Baltic and Winsover revoked by South Holland District Council after the criminal activity was uncovered last December. Electronic hides behind false walls had been created at Baltic to ...

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New era as South Holland District Council starts garden waste collection pilot

A new era in waste collection service in South Holland got under way this week. Garden waste was collected for the first time using wheelie bins leased to residents. The new service – which adds a fresh revenue stream to the district council – began in Spalding on Monday.(April 4) Other areas covered in the 2,500 properties pilot area are ...

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Castle Sports Complex denies trouble for lifeguard who saved boy in difficulty

Spalding’s Castle Sports Complex has denied that a lifeguard landed himself in trouble by pulling  a boy out of the swimming pool. It has been confirmed that a lad got into difficulty during an inflatables session at the pool on Friday (April 1) and was rescued by a fairly recently qualified male lifeguard. After a short period of recovery, the ...

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South Holland District Council resolves to be neutral on EU debate

An attempt to get South Holland District Council to support the UK leaving the European Union was blown out of the water by leader Gary Porter. UKIP group leader Coun Paul Foyster (Holbeach) proposed the following motion: “This council believes the interests of our residents will be best served by leaving the EU”. It was supported by fellow UKIP member ...

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New chapter starts at Lincolnshire’s libraries

A new chapter has started for the county’s library service. Monday (April 4) saw the official handover of the management of the county’s 15 major libraries – including Spalding and Long Sutton – to Greenwich Leisure Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation. It is the end of a process which saw Lincolnshire County Council carry out a thorough review of the library ...

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Calls for action to be taken over ‘grotty’ Bridge Hotel site

Calls have been made for action to be taken on a rundown site at a gateway to South Holland and Lincolnshire. With broken glass and filthy mattresses strewn around the site and the building itself stripped of materials, the Bridge Hotel at Sutton Bridge is an eyesore which many people are fed up with. Owner Mark Andrews began a demolition ...

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The two preferred options to improve traffic flow in Spalding

Two favoured options to improve traffic flow in Spalding town centre have been picked. Highways officers at Lincolnshire County Council believe closure of Swan Street to traffic and the introduction of a mini roundabout at the junction of Winfrey Avenue and Kings Road could make a significant difference. One option being considered is a part closure of Swan Street so ...

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Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce to remain neutral on EU referendum debate

Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce will not be taking sides in the EU referendum – but Spalding Chamber’s president definitely will. The business network’s members pay to benefit from support and opportunities. However, Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce says it will not be making a recommendation to them ahead of the poll on June 23 to determine the UK’s membership of the European ...

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Possible new cycle routes for Spalding

A proposed cycle route along one of the banks of the Coronation Channel has been welcomed by Spalding’s cycle action group. The cycleway is mentioned in the draft South East Lincolnshire Local Plan. Pedals has told South Holland District Council that it supports the proposal. Chairman David Jones said: “This route will make it safer and much more enjoyable to ...

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Call for pedestrian crossing in Holbeach goes on

The fight for a proper pedestrian crossing on the A17 at Holbeach is continuing. Campaigner Paula Hayes, who has collected more than 760 signatures on petitions calling for improvements at Boston Road roundabout, was disappointed to see no provision for pedestrians in the approved planning application for £5m alterations at nearby Peppermint Junction. Dropped kerbs indicate a crossing point for the ...

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Controversial Ayscoughfee outdoor performance area on hold while extra funding sought

A proposed outdoor performance area for Ayscoughfee Gardens could be “Lamborghini” quality with Lottery funding support, Spalding Town Forum has been told. The current controversial design – which some say is not suitable for purpose, partly because user groups were not consulted – has been put on hold while the possibility of extra funding is explored. More than two years ...

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Review of waste services sees six South Holland collection sites axed

Opening hours at Spalding tip in West Marsh Road will not be changed for the foreseeable future. But a Saturday supplementary service operated at six sites across the district is ending next Thursday. Lincolnshire County Council has held a review of its Household Waste Recycling Centres as part of budget cuts, resulting in the closure of facilities at Leadenham and ...

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Five new jobs in pipeline for Baltic bar and restaurant in Spalding

An empty property in Spalding could be brought back into use as a Baltic-themed bar and restaurant, creating about five jobs. Lithuanian business partners Laura Norvaisaite and Mingele Petruliene have applied for a premises licence for 25 Station Street. The friends, who run Lithuanian food market Lietuviškas skonis in Holbeach Road, have agreed an eight-year lease on the Station Street ...

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Street light switch-off to save council £1.7m

Up to 3,000 street lights could be switched off across Lincolnshire in a bid to save £1.7million. A further 38,000 lights, mainly in residential areas, could be turned off after midnight as Lincolnshire County Council attempts to find £41million of savings in the 2016/17 financial year. Further savings will be made by changing 17,000 of the county’s total 68,000 lights ...

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Urgent appeal for children’s play area land in Gedney Dyke

An urgent appeal has been issued for a small parcel of land in Gedney Dyke for a children’s play area. It follows a Gedney Parish Council meeting last week when a proposal not to place it on a green near the war memorial was carried 5-2 in a vote, with one abstention. The council will now investigate alternative options, but ...

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