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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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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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