Council

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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Answers demanded from Network Rail over persistent level crossing closures in Spalding

Patience with faults on the upgraded railway line through Spalding has run out, with answers being demanded from Network Rail. It comes after a second lengthy systems failure in the space of four days caused Mill Green level crossing barriers to remain down for four hours. The ensuing traffic congestion around the town on Friday angered road users and prompted ...

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South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter: Now the hard work really begins

By Coun Gary Porter, leader of South Holland District Council Now the dust has settled after the election, I am happy to have this opportunity to share some of my reflections on aspects of the campaign and on things going forward. Firstly though, I’d like to say thank you to a few people. I would like to thank all of ...

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WIN (and make a bit of history) by naming new South Holland District Council housing company

A new housing company has been created by South Holland District Council – and readers of The Voice can win by suggesting its name. The prize is four tickets to see a film of your choice at the South Holland Centre in Spalding. The council launched the company to increase the supply of new homes in the district and meet ...

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Call for council to be ‘given tools’ to look after county

Lincolnshire should “stand up taller and shout louder” to help usher in a new era in local Government and get a fairer deal. At the first meeting of Lincolnshire County Council since the General Election, leader Martin Hill called on the Government to devolve greater powers to county-led authorities, saying: “Give us the responsibility and we’ll rise to it. “Give ...

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Planning permission refusal for ‘ugly’ Spalding fence appealed

The Spalding homeowner who was told to put a fence back to its original line has appealed the decision. Simon Barker was shocked last November when council officers arrived to say his £1,000 new fence required planning permission. The line of it had been extended to enclose a small piece of land belonging to Mr Barker, which was often covered ...

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Heart scare led to defibrillator being installed at village hall

A heart attack scare started the ball rolling for a defibrillator being installed at Holbeach St Johns Village Hall. Joan Joyce was so frightened at witnessing the episode during a parish church lunch in January that she set about gathering information. The device was paid for out of the designated member budgets of district councillor Malcolm Chandler and Bob Creese, ...

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Ukrainian researching fair election processes studies South Holland District Council poll

A Ukrainian was fact-finding at the South Holland District Council election count in Spalding. Yuriy Mironenka had come to the district to witness British democracy in action – visiting polling booths, district and General Election counts, meeting candidates and election officials. Yuriy, who now lives in Russia, said: “I am a member of one of the electoral organisations in Russia trying ...

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South Holland District Council looking at joining up with other local authorities

South Holland District Council has held talks with neighbouring councils about forming a combined authority. A proposal has been put forward for six councils to join together to create a “functioning economic area”, seeking to improve local transport, increase economic development and drive regeneration. South Holland leader Gary Porter is one of the leading politicians behind the plan. Peterborough would ...

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Reaction from some fresh faces for new South Holland District Council term

New faces on South Holland District Council and some of those who missed out have been giving their reaction to last week’s election results. Paul Foyster was the second UKIP candidate after Spalding pub landlord Pete Williams to secure a seat on the council. He will represent Holbeach Town ward. Coun Foyster said: “It was not a great result nationally ...

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Conservatives tighten grip on South Holland District Council

The Conservative group on South Holland District Council has increased its control by gaining extra seats. It now has 28 councillors – up three on the position before last week’s election. The Tories begin their fifth term as the ruling group with nine new faces. Meanwhile, UKIP has members for the first time – Pete Williams (Spalding St Mary’s) and ...

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Proposed off-licence for Spalding refused planning permission for extension

Planning permission to extend a controversial proposed off-licence in Spalding has been refused on the grounds of road safety and privacy grounds. A premises licence was granted to Hemen Ahmad for the former sub-Post Office in Bourne Road in January. He then applied for permission to build a single-storey extension to the rear. South Holland District Council said the proposed ...

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At a glance: your new South Holland district councillors

South Holland District Council now has a new composition for a fresh four-year term. The 37 members covering 18 wards were elected during a count in Spalding on Friday afternoon, following Thursday’s poll. It was a good election for the ruling Conservative group, which increased its number of seats by three to 28. For the first time, UKIP has members ...

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Repeat s-Tory as John Hayes returned to House of Commons for fifth term

John Hayes has been re-elected as Member of Parliament for South Holland and The Deepings. He was returned to the House of Commons for a fifth term with an increased share of the vote. His 29,303 votes was 60 per cent, up a single percentage point from 2010. In a speech moments after the result was declared in Spalding at ...

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International supermarket and off-licence plan for Spalding ex-electrical store

A former electrical store in Spalding is poised to become an international supermarket. Soran Kareem wants to turn the shabby-looking Paul Taylor DJC Ltd shop in Winsover Road into a butchery, bakery and off-licence. The move would create eight jobs. Mr Kareem, an Iraqi Kurd who lives in Spalding, has applied to South Holland District Council for a premises licence to ...

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The Spalding takeaway with mouse droppings and carpet beetle – plus maggots on a ‘clean’ knife

A lengthy catalogue of food hygiene breaches at a Spalding takeaway – including maggots on a “clean” knife and evidence of rodents – has been detailed in court. One South Holland District Council food hygiene inspector described it as the worst case he had ever witnessed, while the judge hearing the case said it was a “miracle” that nobody had ...

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Government may face legal action over library cuts

Campaigners are considering a legal challenge against the Government over plans to slash Lincolnshire’s libraries. Save Lincolnshire Libraries group has already announced it is looking a taking further legal action against Lincolnshire County Council, which plans to slash opening hours and close some libraries in a bid to save money. But this week the group said it is now “considering ...

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