Council

South Holland District Council election to be keenly contested as Labour and UKIP seek to contest all wards

This year’s South Holland District Council election is shaping up to be one of the most keenly-contested. The Conservatives – who currently hold 25 of the 37 seats – are contesting all 18 wards as they seek another term as the ruling group. However, the Labour Party – who put up just one candidate at the last election in May ...

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New and improved CCTV system operational in South Holland ‘by end of February’

A new, improved CCTV system for South Holland could be operational by the end of this month. Spalding, Holbeach and Crowland will benefit from the £108,475 system, which will provide clearer images, better coverage and be monitored 24/7. However, two towns currently monitored – Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge – will not be covered by the new wireless system. As ...

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Cash injection to create hundreds of jobs and bring new A17 roundabout to Holbeach

Two Holbeach projects will benefit from a slice of £14.8m funding, creating hundreds of new jobs and easing congestion in the town. Peppermint Junction interchange – where the A151 joins the A17 – and the Agri-Food Centre of Excellence at the University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus will each receive cash from a pot secured by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise ...

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Poor signal could lead to South Holland District Council ditching Vodafone

Poor network coverage is one of the factors that could lead South Holland District Council to move its 200 or so mobile phone accounts away from Vodafone. The council is in the process of considering negotiating a new mobile phone deal for staff that need a work mobile in a bid to make savings. The council is hoping to gain ...

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Fears as alcohol licence granted

The former premises of a clothes cleaning firm is set to be turned into a convenience store. A decision was taken on Tuesday to grant an application for a licence for the sale of alcohol from the proposed business at 2 Bourne Road, Spalding, which was a post office before it became H20 wet cleaning solutions. The application is to ...

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Roadside clean-up for Pride in South Holland campaign

A fly tipping blitz has been carried out alongside the A17 as part of the Pride in South Holland campaign. Rubbish that had piled up in laybys next to the busy road was cleaned up by South Holland District Council’s street sweeping team. The crews then headed to Long Sutton to sweep footpaths and alleyways in the area. More than ...

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£222,914 in debts to South Holland District Council written off this financial year

A further £33,115.40 in debts to South Holland District Council is set to be written off. It would take the total of council tax, business rates, accounts receivable, former tenant arrears and housing benefit overpayments written off during this financial year to to £222,914.87. The total in 2013/14 was £236,531.20. The council says in every case, all collection options have ...

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Owner of Sutton Bridge Power Station appeals against liability for business rates

The owner of Sutton Bridge Power Station is appealing against it being liable for business rates. MPF Operations is currently paying rates to South Holland District Council. However, a spokesman said: “MPF are aware of various claims currently being pursued in respect of business rates within the UK generation sector. “We believe such rates should be set in accordance with ...

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£18,200 council cash earmarked to refurbish Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field gates in Spalding

More than £18,000 is earmarked for refurbishing the main gates to Spalding’s Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field. It means South Holland District Council’s budget for the facility in the forthcoming financial year is set to be hiked by 60 per cent from £30,200 to £48,400. A council spokesman said: “The funds have been earmarked for a one-off project to refurbish ...

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Get set for a second Argos store in Spalding

A second Argos store is planned for Spalding. An Argos Insert – designed for click and collect digital customers of bulkier items – is expected to be developed within Homebase in Westlode Street. At 185 square metres, the proposed new store would occupy little more than five per cent of Homebase’s retail floorspace. The Insert would sell fewer than 3,000 of ...

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Council chairman steps down over fraud allegations

  The chairman of Holbeach Parish Council has resigned his post amidst allegations of financial irregularities at a town social club. A letter of resignation from John Spencer, who was elected chairman of the council in May, was read by the clerk Chris Seymour at a meeting of the parish council on Monday evening. Mr Spencer will continue to serve ...

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Library service shake-up: Original community hub plan looks likely to go ahead

The original plans for a shake-up of the library service in Lincolnshire are to be put forward for approval by county councillors. Just over a year after the council’s executive agreed to proposals for cost-saving changes to the service – later challenged in the High Court – the same plans are back before them. Holbeach councillor Nick Worth (pictured), executive member for ...

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Lincolnshire’s extra £4million bill for A1073 improvement scheme

The new A16 Spalding to Peterborough road resulted in an overspend by Lincolnshire County Council of £4.16million. Early valuations of the land required and compensation payments to landowners proved too little. An area of land to the south of the scheme – which had previously been estimated at agricultural value – was found to have development value because of its ...

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County council’s share of council tax bill ‘to rise by 1.9 per cent’

Lincolnshire County Council is proposing to increase its portion of the council tax bill for the first time in four years. The suggested 1.9 per cent increase from April 1 would generate a further £4,272,000 and is the maximum percentage before the trigger point for a referendum at an estimated cost of £800,000. In suggesting an increase, the council would ...

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Major plan for successful Spalding herb grower to relocate

The continuing success story of a Spalding herb grower established in 2008 has led to plans to relocate. JVG Herbs Ltd, based at Bridge Farm in Horseshoe Road, wants to move to purpose-built premises at Delph Road, Pode Hole, enabling it to meet increasing customer demand and expand further in the future. The firm supplies supermarkets including Aldi and Netto. Lincoln ...

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New taxi rank in Spalding town centre replaces another near library

A fourth taxi rank has been set up in Spalding. Based outside Ladbrokes in Sheep Market, it has space for three vehicles and replaces a taxi rank next to the library in nearby Victoria Street. That one has been decommissioned and converted to public parking spaces. Malcolm Chandler, South Holland District Council’s portfolio holder for regulatory services, said: “The Victoria ...

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County defends 15-minute care slots for elderly

Care bosses have defended providing just 15 minutes of care a day for some of the county’s most vulnerable people. Lincolnshire is one of a growing number of areas around the country to provide the minimum length care visits to the elderly and disabled, highlighted in a report by the Daily Telegraph. The national newspaper submitted Freedom of Information requests ...

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Two South Holland district councillors awarded BEM in New Year Honours

Two South Holland district councillors have been recognised in the New Year Honours. Graham Dark and Michael Booth have been awarded the BEM (Medallist of the Order of the British Empire) for services to their respective communities. Both had to keep news of their awards secret until the official announcement on Tuesday, after being informed a few months ago. Mr ...

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Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth honoured before retiring soon

Tony Worth has been recognised for his role as Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire just a few weeks before he retires. The Holbeach Hurn businessman is 75 on February 23, the age when holders of the prestigious role of Her Majesty’s representative in the county must stand down. He has been made Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, an honour given by ...

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New weapon in Pride campaign

The latest weapon in the fight to clean up the district has been hitting the streets of South Holland. A new street sweeping machine has joined the district council’s ranks as part of the Pride in South Holland campaign. The sweeper has been hired for 17 weeks and along with the council’s two permanent vehicles will make sure that as ...

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