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Council homes nominated for award

Three recently-built council housing developments have been nominated for prestigious awards. Homes in Wrights Lane in Sutton Bridge, Stonegate in Cowbit and Millfield Gardens in Crowland are in the running to win accolades in this year’s Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards for the East Midlands. The homes, which were all built recently by South Holland District Council ...

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Upgraded £108,000 CCTV system in South Holland: expect more positive results

Better images, better results – that’s the pledge coming with South Holland’s £108,475 upgraded CCTV system. The first camera in Spalding has completed testing and the other 16 cameras in the town will be rolled out from Monday (June 15). They are all due to be operational by the end of this month, at which point four new cameras in ...

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Spalding and Sutton Bridge banners designed to mark 800th anniversary of Magna Carta

These flags depicting images of Spalding and Sutton Bridge have been created to be part of the Magna Carta 800 celebrations. The flags will take part in events to mark the anniversary before being paraded at Lincoln Castle on Saturday (June 13), where they will be displayed on the castle walls. Twenty flags have been created by two artists working ...

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Shortlist of three drawn up to run Lincolnshire libraries

Three organisations are being invited to bid to take on the running of Lincolnshire’s library services. Lincolnshire County Council is currently looking for an external organisation to potentially deliver library services on its behalf. Six initial applications were received last month, and, following assessment, three organisations have now been invited to submit a detailed bid. The organisations are: Greenwich Leisure ...

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Planning decision for Cowbit home extension overturned on appeal

A Cowbit couple have successfully appealed a decision to refuse planning permission for an extension. South Holland District Council told Mr and Mrs D Starr, of 16 Barrier Bank, that the proposed first-floor extension and alterations to a chalet bungalow was “tantamount to a new dwelling” and “represented an excessively large form of overdevelopment”. However, a planning inspector ruled that ...

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Volunteers protest over funding cuts

Volunteers turned out in droves to protest against funding cuts that could see 560 vulnerable families lose vital support services. Lincolnshire County Council has announced that it will be cutting all of its £435,000 funding to eight Home-Start schemes across the county from October 1. Volunteers and supporters of the charities demonstrated outside the council offices on Friday. Mary Hutson, ...

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South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter becomes chairman of Local Government Association

South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter has been made chairman of Local Government Association. Coun Porter, who is the Conservative Group leader on the association, was unopposed for the coveted role. The leadership board provides direction and oversees the work of the LGA, which is a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government ...

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South Holland District Council takes legal action to get dangerous play equipment removed

A mission has been carried out to make a privately-built children’s play area safe. The play area in Spalding’s Crocus Walk was full of damaged and vandalised equipment, and strewn with rusty nails, broken fence posts and fly-tipped rubbish. But it is now a safe and clean place for children to play thanks to South Holland District Council’s Pride in ...

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A16 closures this week for resurfacing work

Stretches of the A16 between Spalding and Crowland roundabout will be closed overnight this week to enable resurfacing work. Contractor Morgan Sindall will be rectifying defects that have been identified during the contractual maintenance period. The work will be carried out overnight from Monday to Thursday. Lincolnshire County Council says work will take place between 7pm and 7am each night, ...

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Public invited to attend Pedals’ second Spalding Cycling Forum

Members of the public are being encouraged to attend the second Spalding Cycling Forum this week. The town’s cycling action group Pedals is staging the forum, chaired again by local MP John Hayes. As well as Pedals members David Jones (chairman) and Roger Smith (forum organiser), there will be representatives of Lincolnshire County Council, South Holland District Council, Lincolnshire Sport, Lincolnshire ...

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The United Kingdom’s membership of the EU: opinion on how it affects South Holland

The new Conservative government confirmed in the Queen’s Speech that it will hold a referendum by the end of 2017, asking voters: “Should the United Kingdom remain in the European Union?” We canvassed opinion on membership as if affects South Holland. Coun Nick Worth, deputy leader of South Holland District Council and lead member for economic development: South Holland and ...

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Community Champions column: Become a Friend to dementia sufferers

by Jess Horn – community development officer at South Holland District Council A question I am asked regularly is “what does the South Holland community development team do?” In coming months I will use this column to answer that question, and tell you about the wide range of opportunities open for local people to contribute to strengthening their communities. So let ...

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Network Rail: ‘We’re sorry for persistent equipment failures in South Holland’

Network Rail has issued a public apology about the persistent problems causing lengthy closures of level crossings in South Holland. The authority responsible for the UK’s railway network says it is working with equipment suppliers to quickly rectify issues on the GNGE line. The apology came after Littleworth crossing at Deeping St Nicholas developed a fault on Friday, causing barriers ...

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Spalding power station expansion could start in early 2016

Work to double the size of Spalding’s power station could begin as early as next January. InterGen, which owns the existing station, says construction could commence in the fourth quarter of the 2015 financial year, if it is successful in securing a government subsidy. The government is due to confirm in July the next round of Capacity Market Contracts, which ...

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New CCTV system for South Holland goes live imminently

The first of South Holland’s new CCTV cameras is close to being fully operational – with the rest of the £108,000 scheme on stream by the end of June. A technical hiccup which delayed February’s expected start has been resolved and testing is under way, with images being received at Boston Borough Council’s CCTV control room. District council deputy leader Nick ...

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New district councillor Jack leading mission to McLean up Spalding

Newly-elected district councillor Jack McLean has wasted no time in setting about trying to make Spalding a tidier place. He has created a group called Spotless Spalding with the aim of helping clean up the area and enjoying some social time with others who share the same desire. The group is open to all ages, and its first meet will ...

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Extra collection day for Wygate Park community survey

There will be another opportunity this week for residents in Wygate Park, Spalding, to have their views taken into account regarding a new community facility. A collection of the questionnaires will take place on Wednesday (June 3) afternoon and evening. Collectors will knock on the doors of households not available on May 9. As previously publicised, the latest phase of ...

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A ‘hole’ lot of work at former Spalding pub just to get some freezers inside for Eastern European store!

A window and wall had to be removed from a former Spalding pub as preparations for it becoming an Eastern European food store continue. Workman provided access at The Station Gates building in Winsover Road on Monday (June 1) so that large freezers could be carried in. The wall and window removal is on the Station Approach elevation. A planning application was submitted recently to ...

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Three-day closure of Spalding car park ends as travellers move on

UPDATE, Monday noon: The travellers who arrived in a Spalding car park overnight on Thursday left over the weekend. A spokesperson for South Holland District Council, which owns the Victoria Street facility, said: “The travellers left the car park at 2pm on Sunday. “We provided them with rubbish and recycling bags which they used and we have cleaned up. The ...

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Six interested in running Lincolnshire library services

Six organisations have shown an interest in running library services in Lincolnshire. The county council is currently looking for an external organisation to potentially deliver library services on its behalf. The successful bidder will be responsible for providing the new-look service approved by the council’s executive earlier this year. The authority has received initial applications from: Compass Point Business Services ...

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