Council

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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Flag raised during Armed Forces Day ceremony in Spalding

War veterans, councillors and other dignitaries gathered at South Holland District Council’s headquarters on Monday (June 22) for a special flag-raising ceremony in support of Armed Forces Day. Council chairman Francis Biggadike raised a flag at 10.30am. Watching were members of Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion, South Holland councillors and members of the public. Coun Biggadike made a short speech and urged everyone to ...

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Leading county councillor to address Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce meeting

Lincolnshire County Council’s executive member for highways, transport and IT is the guest speaker at Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce’s members’ annual meeting. Coun Richard Davies will give an update to ongoing improvements to infrastructure in Spalding and South Holland, including road networks and superfast broadband. He is also chairman of the Lincolnshire Strategic Transport Board, which seeks to ...

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COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS: Cook up a storm with us

by Jess Horn, Community development officer at South Holland District Council Would you like to learn something new by improving your cooking skills or growing your own food? If so, then you may be interested in programme run by The South Holland Community Development team called the Kitchen Garden Project. We organise cooking classes and provide community growing spaces with ...

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‘We’re watching you’ campaign to clean up dog poo

A new campaign has been launched to rid South Holland streets of dog fouling. South Holland District Council has joined up with national environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to launch the new “We’re watching you” campaign aimed at dog walkers who don’t pick up after their dogs. Officers will soon roll out a small number of signs at carefully selected ...

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Cycling strategies paths ‘will lead to nowhere without funding’

A clear message emerged from the second annual Spalding Cycling Forum – little improvements can be achieved without funding being channelled here. Delegates at the event organised by cycling action group Pedals agreed that it was all very well there being national strategies, but money was required to put them into action. Furthermore, places like Spalding which demonstrate a willing ...

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‘Network Rail must come to Spalding to explain problems with GNGE line’

A Spalding district councillor is demanding that Network Rail managers come to town to explain persistent problems with the line through South Holland. Coun George Aley says the public deserves to hear first-hand what the issues are and what the company responsible for the rail network is doing about it. Instances of the barriers at Mill Green, Park Road and ...

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WARREN FREE MURDER TRIAL (DAY 2): Accused girl (15) ‘admitted hitting victim over the head with metal pole’

A 15-year-old girl accused of murder later admitted to striking the victim over the head with a metal pole, a jury was told on Tuesday (June 16). The girl – one of six teenagers on trial accused of the murder of Spalding man Warren Free – allegedly made the admission to her own sister shortly before she handed herself in to police. ...

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Council spruces up play areas in Spalding, Pinchbeck, Surfleet, Quadring and Sutton Bridge in time for summer

Children’s play areas across the district have been spruced up by council workers in time for summer. As part of  the district council’s Pride in South Holland campaign, play equipment at nine sites has been given a fresh coat of paint. The newly-painted play areas in Spalding include Goodfellows playing field, Park Close playing field, Thames Road and Fern Park. ...

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Two towns reject chance to join South Holland’s upgraded CCTV system

Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge are not included in the upgraded CCTV scheme going live across South Holland shortly. Neither town will have coverage from South Holland District Council’s £108,475 scheme, but there is the ability to join at a later stage. Both parish councils say they are yet to receive the assurances they require to make a commitment. It ...

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Spate of A16 crashes: ‘road design not to blame’

Three serious collisions on the A16 between Spalding and Crowland in recent days were not linked to any issues with the road, it has been claimed. John Siddle, of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, revealed there were “very different reasons” behind the incidents – and none involved the road itself. “People are linking them together because they happened fairly close to ...

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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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