Council

Bus route change ‘punishes elderly’

Changes to a town bus service’s route have been described by a pensioner who relies on the bus as “punishing the elderly”. From Christmas Eve, the Brylaine (F42) IT1&2 services that serve Spalding town will see a section of the route cut when former bus stops at Thames Road and Severn Road are axed. The two bus stops were on ...

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District council to spend £16m on homes?

More than £16m is set to be spent on new affordable homes in South Holland over the next five years. A report to go before a special meeting of South Holland District Council’s cabinet on Monday outlines the proposals. The draft General Fund and Housing Revenue Account is on the agenda along with the medium term plan and capital strategy. ...

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Fears over future of town play area

There are fears for the future of a Holbeach play area which was due to be refurbished. The Hall Hill Road site is owned by South Holland District Council and there is money in the bank to provide new equipment. But the parish council has been trying to secure a lease for 18 months in order to release the cash ...

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Knighthood does not buy support says John Hayes

Brexit-backing South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes is to be knighted, but will not be backing the Prime Minister’s current deal for quitting the EU. Mr Hayes (60) refuted any claim that the announcement of his knighthood and the Prime Minister’s need for support for her Brexit vote next month were linked. But he said he would also ...

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Spalding parking machine costs rise again

A further £7,000 will be spent converting card-only car park payment machines in Spalding – and fees look set to rise in the new year. The machines were purchased this summer and shelved after a public backlash criticised the council over a lack of a public consultation. At the South Holland District Council Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, November 20, members ...

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Costly charges for two fly-tippers in South Holland

Two men face big fly-tipping bills after being taken to court by the district council. Jordan Hughes of Queens Street, Sutton Bridge, pleaded guilty at Boston Magistrates Court for offences relating to a fly tip on Marsh Road, Gedney Drove End in June 2018. Hughes, who appeared in court on Monday, employed a non-registered carrier to remove waste items for ...

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Council cleaners run up big summer water bill

The cost of summer has hit new heights in terms of water and South Holland District Council saw a £15,000 overspend as a result. A report to the council’s Cabinet, which met on Tuesday, says that council road sweepers had increased water consumption because of the exceptional temperatures and the result was a £15,000 overspend. A council spokesman said it ...

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Holbeach homes plans given thumbs up

A planning application for 32 homes in Penny Hill Road has been passed despite anger from councillors. Ashwood Homes previously had permission for 26 affordable homes on the site built alongside a football academy. However the newly passed application is for 32 dwellings of which just eight are affordable and the rest to be sold at market value. South Holland ...

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Spalding care home biomass boiler gets the go-ahead

Controversial retrospective plans for a biomass boiler at a Spalding care home have finally been passed after being described as “not bad enough” for refusal by a leading planner. The boiler installation at Cedar Falls Care Home, run by Tanglewood, was finally given retrospective planning permission by South Holland District Council last week. Its flue will need to be repainted ...

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Johnson Hospital to lose its injuries unit?

The Johnson Community Hospital in Spalding will no longer deal with walk-in minor injuries if a major review of emergency care in Lincolnshire is approved. The hospital, which operates as a non-appointment unit for minor injuries in the South Holland area, is in the firing line to be re-categoried. If the proposed reforms are approved, it will only be open ...

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Parking could be cashless in town

Changing its unused and brand new card-only parking ticket machines to take cash could cost South Holland District Council £7,000, according to a report due to go before its cabinet next week. The authority spent £28,000 on ten new machines last year – eight of which were for card only payments. But only one has been installed. Card-only machines were ...

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Pupils pay a visit to the council

Year Six pupils from Ayscoughfee Hall Primary School visited South Holland District Council’s Priory Road offices to learn about democracy. On Monday, November 12 they met councillors and officers including the authority’s vice chairman Coun Harry Drury and cabinet members Coun Christine Lawton and Coun Roger Gambba-Jones. The visit culminated in the pupils getting a chance to exercise their own ...

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East Midlands left in dark over lights

The East Midlands is the darkest region at night due to almost three in four street lights being turned off overnight. New Freedom of Information Act research by insurers confused.com puts our region in the worst position for street light switch-offs, with 211,299 (72 per cent) of the region’s street lights switched off or dimmed during the night hours. Just ...

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Leisure providers decision on way

The company that will take over the up-for-grabs council contract to run the leisure facilities at Spalding and Long Sutton will be decided at the end of the month. Minutes released from a South Holland District Council meeting last month state the procurement process is coming to an end and the decision to award a contract will be made at ...

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County to carry on its lobbying despite budget boost

This week’s budget has been welcomed by Lincolnshire County Council, but the authority will continue its lobbying for more funding. The Government’s announcement of an extra £650m for adult care in the country was particularly welcome. “The cost to the council in providing this service is enormous, and this additional money will hopefully relieve some of the immense financial pressure ...

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Councillor says rethink is needed over town centre vehicle access

A councillor says current restrictions on vehicles driving through Spalding town centre should be changed after witnessing six cars in quick succession driving there when they shouldn’t have been. Coun Gary Taylor has said that cars should either be banned permanently, or be allowed to always drive down Market Place and part of Hall Place. He described the current situation, ...

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Fire service costs below average

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Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue had to make £1 million of savings in the last financial year, despite its fire stations costing half of the country’s average to run. The cuts came due to reduced government funding despite the county’s fire service costing the public well below average, according to its Statement of Assurance. But Lincolnshire County Council’s executive councillor for ...

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Relief road to close crossings?

Lincolnshire County Council and Network Rail are discussing the potential closure of level crossings around Spalding. As part of negotiations around the South Western Relief Road, both authorities are working out which crossing or crossings could be lost once the road is open for traffic. “We are currently considering options for the closure of some level crossings in the area ...

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Petition to keep bus couple on their land

A couple face an uncertain future after a bid to live on a double decker bus amid their deer and poultry farm was turned down by the council for a second time. A petition has been set up backing Brent and Tracy Usher who say they have been living self-sufficiently farming animals including deer and poultry for three years at ...

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More problems with town’s pool

More complaints about Spalding’s ageing swimming pool have been made this week. As the results of a public consultation on the future of leisure provision in South Holland are being discussed by the council, staff issues have been blamed by the company running the town’s Castle Swimming Pool. The Voice was contacted last week by a grandmother after her grandchildren ...

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