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Panned by planning councillors, approved on appeal….Spalding’s ‘slum of the future’

A proposed housing development described as “a slum of the future” has been approved on appeal. South Holland District Council’s planning committee was unanimous in its disdain for Seagate Homes’ application for 14 homes in Little London, Spalding. The proposal for the site next to The Drayman’s Arms pub is a T-shaped development with two homes at the front near ...

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Spalding’s Europe Store backs down over appeal against losing premises licence

A Spalding off-licence which was caught selling counterfeit alcohol and illicit cigarettes has withdrawn an appeal against a decision to revoke its premises licence. Europe Store, in Holbeach Road, had its licence revoked by South Holland District Council’s licensing committee in August. The decision was made after police and Trading Standards officers discovered 79 bottles of smuggled whisky and vodka and 1,420 ...

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Look of Spalding town centre business is “dog’s dinner”

A town centre business whose look has been described as a “dog’s dinner” has been allowed to keep its signage. Sunshine Cafe and Restaurant in Bridge Street, Spalding, was forced to submit a retrospective planning application to South Holland District Council. Planning committee members were not happy with the look of the signage, but there was little they could do. Spalding ...

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Planning applications for large-scale developments ‘illegible’ on council website

Copies of plans for large-scale developments are often not good enough for residents to read, it has been claimed. Holbeach Parish Council is to ask South Holland District Council to insist that applicants for large-scale projects should provide good quality hard copies. Holbeach district and parish councillor Paul Foyster told a full district council meeting on October 14 that online versions ...

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Warning to South Holland residents over council tax phone scam

Residents in South Holland are being urged to be vigilant following a council tax phone scam in other parts of the country. Fraudsters have been phoning victims telling them that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and are entitled to a rebate. They normally say that the rebate should be worth ...

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WIN an Apple iPad mini by designing smokefree sign for play areas and schools

South Holland District Council wants children to design the no smoking voluntary code signs that will go up in play areas and in front of schools and nurseries. The council is running a competition in conjunction with The Voice and and a winner from each of three age categories will win an Apple iPad mini. Published with this article is an example of ...

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Businesses offered council training to boost Food Hygiene Rating

Businesses in South Holland can boost their Food Hygiene Ratings by taking part in special training workshops run by the district council. The sessions are specifically tailored for businesses and aimed at supporting owners and staff. Participants will get a certificate and clear action plan of the steps they need to take to improve their rating as well as advice ...

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Council could try to recover £350,000 costs of library court case

Campaigners could face a bill of £350,000 after the council warned it was talking to lawyers about claiming back the cost of going to court. Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill said he would be seeking legal advice about clawing back the huge sum of taxpayers’ money spent defending plans to change the way the county’s library service is run. ...

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Tydd St Mary FC nets new goalposts thanks to Long Sutton district councillors

Expanding Tydd St Mary Football Club has new sets of goalposts. Long Sutton district councillors Laura Eldridge and Jack Tyrrell used part of their designated ward budgets to buy two new goals, costing just over £700. It has ensured that the club’s Under-13 side can continue playing competitive matches this season. Manager Joe Johnson said: “Over the past year the ...

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Transport conference: Case for re-opening Littleworth station ‘weak’

Campaigners hoping to bring Littleworth Station at Deeping St Nicholas back into use have been told that their case is “weak”. Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum wants to see the site reinstated as a point for boarding and alighting on the Peterborough-Doncaster GNGE line. However, Lincolnshire County Council’s executive director for environment and economy Richard Wills told members of the ...

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No smoking code for South Holland’s play areas and frontages of schools and nurseries

A move to encourage no smoking at public play areas and on frontages of schools and nurseries in South Holland is being introduced. It comes following our coverage of Holbeach community nurse Mark Le Sage’s call for action. He was disgusted that his two-year-old daughter Ella was enveloped in a plume of cigarette smoke while in the play area at ...

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Improvements to A16/A17 roundabout is council’s top highways priority in south of county

Lincolnshire County Council is prioritising improvements at the A16/A17 Sutterton roundabout, the conference heard. A £1m scheme potentially starting in early 2016 will see entry and exit improvements to increase capacity. Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce is campaigning hard for improvements to the A16 between Spalding and Crowland, including dualling. It says investment is justified because 35 per ...

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Licensed premises and food handlers told to expect council officer visits

Licenced premises and food handlers have been warned to expect a visit by South Holland District Council officers in the run-up to Christmas. A focused effort will be made by the council’s licensing team in light of recent illegal activity in Spalding which led to premises licences for Europe Store, in Holbeach Road, and Global Foods, in Winsover Road, being ...

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County council admits Spalding’s traffic problems ‘becoming intolerable’

Lincolnshire County Council has admitted that traffic management issues in Spalding are “becoming intolerable” but is unable to say when they will be resolved. Spalding pub landlord and South Holland district councillor Pete Williams told Richard Wills, the county council’s executive director for environment and economy, that the issues were stopping “a huge amount of people from using Spalding”. He ...

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Errant on-street parkers in South Holland pay £95,210 fines in a year

Drivers forked out a whopping £95,210 in a year for on-street parking offences in South Holland. The figure for 2014/15 represents an increase of more than a third on the previous year’s revenue for Lincolnshire County Council. The highest number of offences was, unsurprisingly, in the district’s largest town – Spalding – where 3,004 parking charge notices (PCN) were dished ...

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South Holland district councillor: ‘We can’t afford to support Syrian refugees’

South Holland District Council is determined not to lose out financially if there is a requirement to take in Syrian refugees. Coun Angela Newton, who is leader of the opposition Independent group, raised the issue at a full council meeting on October 14. Her understanding was that the first year would be fully funded by the government but there would be ...

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150 sign petition against Spalding off-licence’s ‘tacky’ and unauthorised shutters

A petition signed by more than 150 people has been lodged in objection to unauthorised roller shutters on a new off-licence. Hemen Ahmed has submitted a retrospective planning application for the crime prevention measure at Fantasia, in Bourne Road, Spalding. But nearby residents say when the orange shutters are down they have a negative effect on the area. Petition organiser ...

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South Holland District Council: ‘We must change and we will’

A transformation programme to improve South Holland District Council over the next four years has been agreed. And the reason for it has been starkly spelt out by joint deputy leader Coun Malcolm Chandler (Whaplode and Saracen’s Head). He told last week’s full council meeting: “If we are to survive, we definitely need to do things in a different way.” ...

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Transport conference: Evidence is key to attracting further investment into our district’s infrastructure

Evidence is needed before South Lincolnshire can expect to see its transport links improved. That was the clear message to come out of the first Lincolnshire Transport Conference, held in Spalding on October 23. The theme was Connecting South Lincolnshire, but delegates heard that there should be no expectation of investment without substantiated lobbying from stakeholders. Senior managers from East Midlands ...

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New ‘weapon’ for South Holland District Council in fight against street litter

  This powerful new cleaning machine is being used by South Holland District Council in the fight against litter on our streets. The Glutton vacuum is highly effective at cleaning up cigarette butts, drinks bottles and chewing gum. A pavement sweeper is also being used in conjunction with the Glutton machine to clear dirt from walkways. The electric and silent machine ...

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