Council

Road maintenance and bus services in line for Lincolnshire County Council cutbacks

Road maintenance and bus services could suffer as part of £6.2million of proposed cuts to Lincolnshire County Council’s highways and transport budget. Measures being considered to make savings include gritting fewer roads, turning off some street lights, and reducing budgets for pothole repairs, grass verge cutting and rights of way upkeep. And a council meeting on Monday (January 18) was ...

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Lots of interest in council partnership homes in Donington

A new development of quality, affordable homes earmarked for South Holland residents is nearing completion. The Maltings, based in Maltings Lane, Donington, comprises of 51 homes, with 37 properties available for affordable rent and 14 for shared ownership. The range of one, two and three bedroom properties has been built by Waterloo Housing working in partnership with South Holland District ...

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Holbeach residents: ‘We shouldn’t have to wait ten years to get a safe A17 crossing’ 

A new pedestrian crossing for the A17 at Holbeach should not be ten or more years coming to fruition, according to a town mum. Paula Hayes is stepping up her call for action after Lincolnshire County Council admitted that criteria for a crossing near Boston Road roundabout has been met – but it has no money to pay for one. ...

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Schools may face fines for failing to avoid exclusions

Schools could face financial penalties in a bid to cut the number of children who are permanently excluded. The “pupil reintegration charge” could be levied against schools in Lincolnshire if they are unable to demonstrate they took all possible measures to prevent a child’s exclusion. The county has a poor record on permanent exclusions with the number growing – against ...

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Sign up for Environment Agency flood warnings for a chance to win £100

Residents in flood-risk areas of South Holland have a chance of winning £100 by signing up for Environment Agency warnings. The Floodline Lottery aims to encourage more to sign up for flood alerts. The lottery is organised by Boston Borough Council and is open to flood-risk residents in Boston borough, East Lindsey and South Holland (an Environment Agency map shows virtually ...

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The seven South Holland food premises requiring ‘major improvement’ in food hygiene standards

Seven food establishments in South Holland need “major improvement”, according to the Food Standards Agency. Five premises in Spalding, one in Long Sutton and another in Sutton Bridge all have a food hygiene rating of 1. Zero is the lowest and 5 the highest. They are: Delicious Coffee Shop, 32 Market Place, Long Sutton Global Foods, 2 Winsover Road, Spalding ...

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Stallholders bid farewell to South Holland markets after 24 years

A couple are enjoying some well-deserved rest – and lie-ins – in retirement after 24 years working on South Holland markets. Paul and Jackie Randall started with a stall on Long Sutton market and over the years their ranges of underwear, nightwear, socks, gloves and hats have also featured at Spalding, Holbeach and Crowland. The couple also had a stall ...

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Seeing the good and bad – a day in the life of a South Holland District Council food safety officer

The Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme tells us about standards in restaurants and other food businesses. The ranking system goes from 0 (lowest) to 5 (highest). In South Holland, 97.3 per cent of food outlets have a rating of 3 or better. Here, district council food safety officer Mandy Baker gives an account of a day of unannounced inspections… 9am: Check ...

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Second thoughts on dual carriageway plan for Holbeach

A proposal to dual a short stretch of the A17 at Holbeach has come under fresh scrutiny. Plans for two new roundabouts – one at Peppermint Junction (A17/A151) and another on the A151 near the travellers’ site – have been submitted by Lincolnshire County Council. Creation of dual carriageway between the proposed A17 roundabout and Boston Road roundabout does not ...

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Spalding headteachers hail impact of schools’ kitchen pods

Pupils at two Spalding primary schools are benefiting from new kitchen pods providing hot and nutritious lunches. St Paul’s and St John The Baptist were two of seven schools in the county to have stand-alone, fully equipped kitchen pods installed after Lincolnshire County Council won a £1.2m bid from the Department for Education under the universal free school meals programme. ...

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Praise for South Holland smoke free sign design entrants

The winners in a competition to design smoke free signs have received iPad prizes. The competition was run between South Holland District Council and The Voice, which highlighted the passive smoking health concerns of nurse and Spalding dad Mark Le Sage. More than 160 entries were received and the signs will go up soon at schools, nurseries and play areas. ...

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South Holland District Council submits 11th-hour bid to buy Moulton Park

UPDATE (Thursday, 4pm): South Holland District Council is hoping to buy Moulton Park. At a meeting of the full council on Wednesday, it was agreed that a bid to buy the 23 acres of land would be submitted before the closing date for tenders tomorrow (Friday, December 18). If the bid were to be successful, the council would then negotiate with ...

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Food tips to follow to ensure this Christmas is not a turkey

Food safety is important all year round – and a little planning will ensure this Christmas is not remembered for all the wrong reasons. Nearly a third of people will be eating Christmas dinner with more than seven guests and 45 per cent will spend over five hours preparing and cooking. South Holland District Council has teamed up with the ...

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‘Rubbish and eyesore buildings now blighting Spalding’ – longtime resident

Spalding is being blighted by an increasing amount of rubbish and buildings falling into disrepair, according to a longtime resident. Paul Matten (69) says his efforts to get the town tidied up and to have more waste bins to sited in his neighbourhood have so far fallen on deaf ears. And he claims the problem of unsightly mounds of black ...

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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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