Council

New reactive road speed signs for Spalding are portable

New reactive road signs which make drivers aware of their speed have been installed in Spalding. Earlier this year all of the town’s district councillors agreed to fund the signs through their designated member budgets. The two ‘dot matrix’ signs light up and advise drivers of their speed to remind them that they are in 30mph zones. They are powered by rechargeable batteries ...

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South Holland District Council shake-up leads to redundancy for head of economic development

The chief executive of South Holland District Council has conceded that it could lose some of its top officers as part of a streamlining restructure. The jobs of some of the best talent – and highest earners – are at risk, although they have the chance to apply for new posts. Thirteen are being advertised publicly under a shake-up of ...

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End of Green Bag Lottery scheme which led to recycling rates soaring

A rewards scheme which boosted recycling rates from households across South Holland has ended. The district council’s Green Bag Lottery began in February last year and during its first six months, the amount of waste recycled rose by 16 per cent to 678 tonnes. Dozens of people won £100 for good recycling habits and a handful then won an extra ...

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Ward spending budgets for South Holland district councillors slashed

The amount of cash given to South Holland district councillors to spend on good causes in their wards has been cut by almost a quarter. The move to slash the overall budget for the current four-year term from £740,000 to £555,000 comes amid drastic cuts to funding for councils and an ongoing drive for local authorities to make savings. Previously, ...

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Council looks at raising care costs

More than 1,000 adults could see the cost of care rise as the council looks at ways of boosting its income. Lincolnshire County Council is consulting on a raft of proposals which could bring in more than £500,000 a year by charging people more for the adult social care support they receive. A consultation document has been produced outlining the ...

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Spotless Spalding – the new group tackling litter makes great start

A new group formed to keep Spalding more litter-free collected 15 bags of waste on its first blitz. Spotless Spalding met on June 27 and included councillors and residents. Group organiser Coun Jack McLean said: “It couldn’t have been a more enjoyable or satisfying experience. We got lucky with the weather. It made all the difference when turning back to see ...

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Controversial plan for 900 new homes in Holbeach is passed by South Holland District Council

Outline planning permission has been granted for 900 homes in Holbeach. Despite strong opposition from some district councillors and residents, Holbeach Parish Council and MP John Hayes, South Holland District Council’s planning committee voted 10-4 to pass the principle of the scheme at Manor Farm (between Fen Road and Hallgate). As part of a Section 106 planning package worth £7.5million, applicant Ashley King ...

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COLUMN: Walk for health – it’s fun and free

by Jess Horn – South Holland District Council community development officer Did you know that a lack of exercise now causes more illness in the EU than smoking? Getting active is really great for your physical health and emotional wellbeing. It not only reduces your risk of developing a number of health problems, including coronary heart disease, cancer and strokes ...

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Claimants warned of benefit crackdown

People who wrongly claim housing benefit are warned they could face prosecution as a new crackdown gets underway. The crackdown is a joint campaign between South Holland District Council and councils across Lincolnshire and aims to cut down on the number of people who claim housing benefit, either fraudulently or in error. A Parliamentary report which looked at the annual ...

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South Holland district councillors’ budgets for ward spending slashed

The amount of cash given to South Holland district councillors to spend on good causes in their wards has been cut by almost a quarter. The move to slash the overall budget for the current four-year term from £740,000 to £555,000 comes amid drastic cuts to funding for councils and an ongoing drive for local authorities to make savings. Previously, ...

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TV’s Don’t Blame The Council: ‘South Holland’s efficient waste collectors are not thumb twiddlers like Wigan’s’

by Roger Gambba-Jones – portfolio holder for waste management at South Holland District Council Having just watched ITV’s Wigan-based Don’t Blame the Council programme, I thought readers might be interested to hear how South Holland District Council’s waste service is approaching these issues. Firstly, I must point out that, unlike the Wigan Council collectors, our staff are not sat around ...

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Two Spalding district councillors hold first surgery for residents

South Holland district councillors Harry Drury and Jack McLean will be hosting their first surgery on Saturday, July 11. Both Spalding members will be hosting the same surgery at Broad Street Business Centre (10am to 2pm) over eight-week intervals. This year they can also be visited on September 5 and October 31. Coun McLean (St John’s) said: “Both myself and Coun Drury ...

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Free community event in Spalding to learn more about and join local groups

A free event in Spalding will give people a chance to learn about and join local groups. Join In July is at Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding on Saturday, July 18 from 10.30am until 4pm and will have live demonstrations and talks. Thirteen local groups have already signed up to the event, but organisers are keen to hear from any others interested in taking part. ...

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Parent and South Holland district councillors: Time for smoking in play areas to be banned

A call has been made for smoking to be banned in children’s play area owned by South Holland District Council. Spalding resident Mark Le Sage was disgusted when his young daughter was enveloped in cigarette smoke during a visit to Ayscoughfee Gardens in Spalding. He said: “Ella was on the climbing frame and there was an adult woman with two ...

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Picnic benches at sports field thanks to councillor’s budget

Picnic tables made and installed by volunteers are in use at Hoyles Memorial Sports Field in Sutton St James. They were paid for by a donation from South Holland Council ward member Coun Michael Seymour’s designated member’s budget. Pictured with Coun Seymour (right) are (from left) vice-chairman Phil Newton, volunteer Bernie Newton and chairman Mike Milchard.

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New school and A17 roundabout would accompany approval of 900-home scheme for Holbeach

A controversial proposal for 900 homes is poised to go ahead – triggering delivery of a new school and improvements to a notorious road junction. The huge housing scheme in Holbeach is planned for land between Fen Road and Hallgate. Town firm Ashley King Developments has agreed in principle to a Section 106 package of several spin-off projects including: capital ...

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‘Dingy’ Spalding passage in line for decorative lighting

A Spalding walkway described as “dingy” is in line for decorative lighting. Traders in The Crescent area have asked for Hole In The Wall Passage to have some Christmas lighting. The passage – described as “dingy” during a Spalding Town Forum’s meeting (June 17) – links Francis Street with Market Place, the town’s central shopping area. Images of some proposed “icicle ...

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Could this Spalding footbridge be moved to ease congestion at nearby level crossing?

Moving a “problem” footbridge a short way up the railway line could ease congestion at a Spalding level crossing. The suggestion to relocate the footbridge to Winsover Road was made at a Spalding Town Forum meeting (June 17). The structure, which runs between St John’s Road and Green Lane, and its surroundings have consistently been plagued with litter, fly-tipping and other ...

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Date given for court to decide on second library judicial review

A decision will be made next month on whether plans to cut county library services will be subjected to a second judicial review. A judge will consider an application by campaigners for a judicial review on July 21 and 22. It will be the second time the plans to close a number of libraries, cut hours at others and hand ...

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Motorists warned of disruption for maintenance work on A16 and A17

Stretches of the A17 and A16 will be closed in July for overnight surface dressing work. Lincolnshire County Council will carry out a programme of maintenance between 7pm and 7am from Sunday, July 12 to Tuesday, July 28. Convoy working will take place from July 18 to July 24 at: A17 – Holbeach – between Holbeach roundabout and Foxes Low Road ...

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