Council

Gritters’ new tech for winter

New technology is set to make winter road gritting more effective and efficient. The new county-wide system is able to monitor the temperature of individual roads, meaning gritting can be more targeted to where it is needed. Preparations are already under way for the winter, with Lincolnshire’s fleet of 43 gritters venturing out from their depots on a test run ...

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Homes appeal to provide refugees with places to live

Anyone who owns an empty home which could be used to house Syrian refugees is being urged to come forward. Although it is not yet known what impact the Syrian crisis will have on South Holland, the district council is working on contigencies in case of an influx of refugees. And it has urged anyone who could offer an empty ...

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COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS COLUMN: We’re helping the fight against hate crime

by Jess Horn – community development officer at South Holland District Council This month will see Hate Crime Awareness Week take place and our team is keen to spread the word. Research suggests that over 80 per cent of hate crimes are not reported to the police. We want to raise awareness of this project and do what we can ...

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South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter: Being a councillor not all fun, but it’s rewarding

There cannot be too many people for whom a 20-hour working day is not just a regular occurrence, but the norm. Hardly a “sell” for getting involved in local government in Local Democracy Week (October 12-19) but, like the late former Prime Minister and fellow Conservative Margaret Thatcher, little sleep is normal for South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter. “I usually only sleep ...

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Council: We’ll make improvements to Castle swimming pool where necessary

South Holland District Council has vowed to “make improvements where necessary” in light of complaints about changing rooms cleanliness and water temperature at Spalding’s Castle Sports Complex swimming pool. But officers did not say whether any changes had been implemented in the three weeks since issues were first highlighted in The Voice on September 17. 1Life runs the Castle Sports ...

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Smuggled booze leads to Spalding premises licence revoked

A Spalding off licence caught selling smuggled alcohol has had its premises licence revoked. The action was taken by South Holland District Council’s licensing committee after Lincolnshire Police requested a review of the premises licence for Global Foods, based in Winsover Road. At a hearing last week, the committee was told that police officers visited the store on June 19 ...

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Planning consent refused for alterations already done at former Station Gates pub in Spalding

A Spalding business owner who made alterations to its premises without planning consent has had his retrospective application refused. South Holland District Council’s planning committee went against their officers’ recommendation and voted 13-1 in favour of refusing Zagros Abdullah’s application for the former Station Gates pub in Spalding, now known as International Food. Much of the property is Victorian and ...

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Council seeks judicial review over planning consent for second Sutton Bridge power station

Sutton Bridge Parish Council wants a judicial review over planning consent for a second power station. Last month the government said EDF Energy could build the plant, known as Sutton Bridge B. The development is said to lead to around 1,500 new jobs during construction and around 50 permanent positions once operational. But the parish council – backed by 98 per ...

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South Holland District Council teams up for purge on fraud against local authorities

South Holland District Council has teamed up with other Lincolnshire authorities to launch a joint crackdown on fraud, starting with false applications for council tax discount or support. The Lincolnshire Counter Fraud Partnership is made up of all seven districts and the county council. The group takes the issue extremely seriously, and have come together to raise awareness, share resources ...

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£105,000 to tell us how to flee floods

Red emergency evacuation road signs are to go up across South Holland directing residents to higher ground in the event of flooding. Three routes have been earmarked in the district, part of a £105,000 scheme across Lincolnshire aimed at enabling a co-ordinated evacuation and leaving other routes clear for emergency services. The three routes in South Holland direct traffic from ...

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£900,000 Sutton Bridge marina plans lodged by county council

Planning consent is being sought for a leisure marina in Sutton Bridge. Lincolnshire County Council has been working on the £900,000 River Nene scheme for years and has now submitted its plans to South Holland District Council. The development would create 110m of new commercial moorings pontoons and 60m of leisure moorings along West Bank. Paul Wheatley, the county council’s ...

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Anger as ‘completely unsuitable’ Spalding flats plan overturned on appeal

A “completely unsuitable” proposal to turn a former residential care home in Spalding into 17 flats has been allowed by a planning inspector. The decision has angered local residents who say they are left wondering what the point of a local planning committee is if one person’s view can overrule its verdict. Market Homes’ plan to convert Halmer Grange in ...

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Busy consultation event on 1,000 new homes and primary school for Holbeach

More than 200 people took the chance to find out more about a huge housing and commercial scheme proposal for Holbeach. Organisers are sifting through feedback from an information day at the University of Lincoln campus on September 17. About 1,000 homes and a new primary school are planned on parcels of land owned by Lincolnshire County Council, Bovis Homes and a ...

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£57,000 cashpot will not fund both Ayscoughfee Gardens projects

A pot of £57,000 will not stretch as far as councillors looking at improvements in Ayscoughfee Gardens had hoped for. Spalding Town Forum heard on September 17 that the money will fund a new performance area, but not the replacement of the aviary, which was the original aim. The cash has come from a S106 planning agreement stretching back to when ...

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Spalding swimming pool site criticised as “dirty” and “disgusting”

A discussion on the “cold” water temperature at Spalding swimming pool quickly reignited the debate on whether the 41-year-old building should be refurbished or rebuilt. It came after South Holland district councillor Graham Dark labelled changing rooms at Castle Sports Complex “disgusting”. His damning assessment echoed the sentiments of several Voice readers who say the dated facilities are “dirty” and ...

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UPDATE: Three injured in refuse lorry accident released from hospital

FRIDAY, SEPT 25: Three council workers injured in a refuse lorry accident have been released from hospital. A spokesperson for South Holland District Council said: “Following the serious incident on Wednesday involving three staff, we are delighted to report all three involved have been released from hospital and are recovering. We wish them all the very best with their recoveries ...

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Swimmers claim water temperature at Spalding pool ‘too cold’

Claims have been made that the water temperature at Spalding swimming pool is too cool. District councillor George Aley – chairman of Spalding Town Forum – has received complaints in recent weeks about the main pool at Castle Sports Complex. He wants to establish if there is any truth in that and what can be done to improve the situation ...

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Family wrestling show in Spalding axed ‘due to council licensing demands’

A family wrestling show was cancelled amid claims the organisers were made to “jump through hoops” to get it licensed. Falling Starr Wrestling says it pulled the plug on this Saturday’s scheduled event at St Mary and St Nicolas Hall in Spalding because South Holland District Council’s expectations – including the employment of two doormen – made it financially unviable. ...

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Event marks success of business grant scheme

Representatives from businesses across the region celebrated the success of a funding scheme which has boosted local firms to the tune of over £1million since 2013. A recognition event to mark the conclusion of the Grants4Growth programme took place at Springfields Events and Conference Centre in Spalding on September 8. Attendees included Anna Graves, chief executive of South Holland District ...

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Public opinion sought on £4million roundabouts and 1,000 new homes in Holbeach

Proposals for two new Holbeach roundabouts costing £4million and 1,000 new homes go on show on Thursday (September 17) to seek public opinion. Lincolnshire County Council wants to replace the T-junction at Peppermint Junction – where the A151 meets the A17 – with a roundabout. A second roundabout nearby on the A151 would provide access to housing and commercial development land. As ...

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