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Busy consultation event on 1,000 new homes and primary school for Holbeach

More than 200 people took the chance to find out more about a huge housing and commercial scheme proposal for Holbeach. Organisers are sifting through feedback from an information day at the University of Lincoln campus on September 17. About 1,000 homes and a new primary school are planned on parcels of land owned by Lincolnshire County Council, Bovis Homes and a ...

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£57,000 cashpot will not fund both Ayscoughfee Gardens projects

A pot of £57,000 will not stretch as far as councillors looking at improvements in Ayscoughfee Gardens had hoped for. Spalding Town Forum heard on September 17 that the money will fund a new performance area, but not the replacement of the aviary, which was the original aim. The cash has come from a S106 planning agreement stretching back to when ...

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Spalding swimming pool site criticised as “dirty” and “disgusting”

A discussion on the “cold” water temperature at Spalding swimming pool quickly reignited the debate on whether the 41-year-old building should be refurbished or rebuilt. It came after South Holland district councillor Graham Dark labelled changing rooms at Castle Sports Complex “disgusting”. His damning assessment echoed the sentiments of several Voice readers who say the dated facilities are “dirty” and ...

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UPDATE: Three injured in refuse lorry accident released from hospital

FRIDAY, SEPT 25: Three council workers injured in a refuse lorry accident have been released from hospital. A spokesperson for South Holland District Council said: “Following the serious incident on Wednesday involving three staff, we are delighted to report all three involved have been released from hospital and are recovering. We wish them all the very best with their recoveries ...

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Swimmers claim water temperature at Spalding pool ‘too cold’

Claims have been made that the water temperature at Spalding swimming pool is too cool. District councillor George Aley – chairman of Spalding Town Forum – has received complaints in recent weeks about the main pool at Castle Sports Complex. He wants to establish if there is any truth in that and what can be done to improve the situation ...

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Family wrestling show in Spalding axed ‘due to council licensing demands’

A family wrestling show was cancelled amid claims the organisers were made to “jump through hoops” to get it licensed. Falling Starr Wrestling says it pulled the plug on this Saturday’s scheduled event at St Mary and St Nicolas Hall in Spalding because South Holland District Council’s expectations – including the employment of two doormen – made it financially unviable. ...

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Event marks success of business grant scheme

Representatives from businesses across the region celebrated the success of a funding scheme which has boosted local firms to the tune of over £1million since 2013. A recognition event to mark the conclusion of the Grants4Growth programme took place at Springfields Events and Conference Centre in Spalding on September 8. Attendees included Anna Graves, chief executive of South Holland District ...

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Public opinion sought on £4million roundabouts and 1,000 new homes in Holbeach

Proposals for two new Holbeach roundabouts costing £4million and 1,000 new homes go on show on Thursday (September 17) to seek public opinion. Lincolnshire County Council wants to replace the T-junction at Peppermint Junction – where the A151 meets the A17 – with a roundabout. A second roundabout nearby on the A151 would provide access to housing and commercial development land. As ...

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Spalding Town Forum councillors asked to fund lighting for Hole In The Wall Passage

Spalding councillors are to be asked to fund Christmas lighting for a “dingy” walkway. The Hole In The Wall Passage, connecting Market Place and The Crescent, is seen as dark and unattractive. Spalding Town Forum has been considering how to brighten up the passage and the forum’s 11 South Holland district councillors will be asked to all chip in from ...

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Motorists warned of disruption during work on A17

Motorists are being warned of overnight A17 reconstruction and resurfacing work over the coming weeks. The A17/A1101 Long Sutton roundabout will undergo work from Tuesday, October 6, to Thursday, October 15. The work will be carried out between 8pm and 6am, with no weekend working. There will be a road closure of the B1359 leg between the roundabout and the ...

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Hollow victory if plan for Gedney Hill pub turned down

It could be a hollow victory for campaigners trying to save a village pub if plans to turn it to a family home are refused. Villagers in Gedney Hill had started two petitions in a bid to secure the future of the Red Lion as a “community asset” after plans were drawn up to alter and extend the pub and ...

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New affordable homes available in Long Sutton

Work has been completed on 39 affordable homes in Long Sutton. The homes have been built thanks to a partnership between developer Westleigh, L&H Homes and South Holland District Council. The scheme, called Marston Park, is Westleigh’s second phase of development on-site. Phase one, which was launched back in 2011, saw 40 properties built, including 32 affordable rent and eight ...

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Contractors not finished ‘terrible’ resurfacing job

Holbeach residents who are unhappy with a resurfacing job done in the town will be pleased to hear contractors will be going back. Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department closed Hallgate on August 21 to carry out resurfacing works. However town residents have been complaining saying the job hasn’t been done properly. Brian Walsh said: “It beggars belief they have just ...

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‘I’ll still just be Gary’, says new Lord Porter

The new Lord Porter of Spalding says his being made a life peer will be a positive thing for South Holland. Leader of South Holland District Council Gary Porter will sit in the House of Lords after being made a peer in the dissolution peerages list following the last general election. He has been honoured for his work with the ...

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Plans for Lincolnshire school places

Plans are being put in place to ensure Lincolnshire secondary schools are able to cope with a spike in pupil numbers. Over the past three years Lincolnshire County Council has invested £34million in new primary schools and expanding existing ones to provide an extra 3,000 places. These include the new Wygate Park Academy in Spalding, as well as expansion at ...

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South Holland’s Activate sessions hailed a success

A programme of summer activities across South Holland has been hailed as a spectacular success. The popular Activate events, which are run by South Holland District Council’s Community Development team and Lincolnshire County Council’s Youth Services, took place in Gedney Drove End, Donington and Sutton Bridge earlier this month. Almost 400 people attended the events aimed at giving young people ...

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Have your say on planned changes to Lincolnshire adult social care

Residents who require adult social care in Lincolnshire are being asked their views on possible changes. The county council is encouraging people to have their say in a consultation about what people are asked to pay towards their non-residential care, before September 28. The council is reviewing its non-residential Adult Care contributions policy to align it more closely with new ...

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Tasty food and drink event in Spalding this weekend

The Spalding Festival of Food and Drink is ready to welcome visitors this weekend (August 29 and 30). Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce is keen to promote the “culinary delights” of the district and is staging the festival weekend on Saturday and Sundayat South Holland District Council offices in Priory Road, Spalding. Trade exhibitors will be showcasing their ...

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Life-saving machines installed in three Spalding locations

Life-saving equipment has been set up in Spalding thanks to South Holland councillors. Councillors George Aley, Graham Dark, Angela Newton and former councillor Roger Perkins used part of their designated ward budgets to install three defibrillators in the town. The devices have been placed outside The South Holland Centre; Winfrey Avenue toilets and the Broadgate Building in Westlode Street. The ...

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Approval for up to 35 new homes on Holbeach brownfield site

The way has been paved for more new homes in Holbeach. Outline planning permission has been granted for up to 35 properties on a Holbeach brownfield site in Northons Lane, close to homes in Chestnut Avenue. South Holland District Council’s planning committee unanimously passed the application by Castlegate 348 Ltd. Last month it granted similar permission for a 900-home estate ...

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