Council

Spalding promotional advert on ITV ‘to reach 5,000,000 viewers’

A television advert which promotes Spalding is expected to reach five million ITV viewers when it screens shortly. The aim of the £30,000 joint venture – produced by Springfields Outlet Shopping Centre in partnership with the town centre – is to attract people during Easter. The “Visit Spalding This Easter” campaign will be broadcast on Yorkshire, Central and Anglia regions ...

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Get your dog microchipped for free in series of sessions throughout South Holland

Dog owners are being urged to take advantage of forthcoming free microchipping events. From April 6 next year all dogs in England will be legally required to be microchipped and have their details registered to a database. Anyone selling or otherwise passing a dog on is required to register the new keeper. The database should also be informed when a ...

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New £1.4m homes development in Pinchbeck is just the ticket for local residents

Local residents in need of housing were able to move into a special £1.4m development in Pinchbeck on Monday. The 14 two and three bedroom energy efficient homes are in Maurice Chappell Way, named after the former chairman of Pinchbeck Community Land Trust – the village volunteers who set up the project. The Westleigh Homes scheme is one of only ...

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Spalding’s rurality inspires Becca – best newcomer at South Holland Open Arts Exhibition

The rurality of the Spalding area inspired an artist named best newcomer at South Holland Open Arts Exhibition 2015. Becca Sturdgess’ work ‘Digger’ features a JCB and tractor in a field, She was urged to enter the exhibition by her grandmother, but never expected to win an award. The 26-year-old said: “My friend drives a JCB and gave me a photo of ...

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South Holland District Council licensing committee chairman welcomes MP’s offer to review legislation

MP John Hayes’ offer to look at legislation on the granting of premises licences has been welcomed. South Holland District Council’s licensing committee chairman Coun Malcolm Chandler wants the opportunity to look at one issue in particular – need. He said: “I look forward to working with John Hayes on the reform of the Licensing Act 2003 to bring back ...

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Clean-ups in half the time at Glen Park thanks to several donations

The time it takes to clear leaves and debris from the synthetic multi-sports pitch at Glen Park in Surfleet has been halved. The purchase of a leaf blower and vacuum have been enabled with donations from Surfleet Parish Council (£1,000) and the designated members’ budgets of district councillors Sally Slade, Liz Sneath and James Avery (£250 each), and Jane King, ...

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Former South Holland District Council returning officer Jim is now running for a seat

Former South Holland District Council officer Jim Scarsbrook will feature in the election results in May. But instead of reading them out – as he was four years ago – he’s planning to be one of the candidates announced as “duly elected”. Mr Scarsbrook (61), who is standing for the Independent Group, was returning officer at the last count in ...

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South Holland portion of council tax cut again

A fourth consecutive cut to South Holland District Council’s share of the council tax bill has been unanimously agreed by members. South Holland is one of only half a dozen councils in the country to deliver year-on-year reductions in council tax which, when added to the freeze introduced in 2010, means a real terms cut for the district’s residents of ...

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Two district councillors investing in improving Spalding riverside

Two Spalding district councillors have identified areas along Spalding’s riverside to improve with their members’ designated budgets. Coun Gary Taylor (Castle ward) and Coun Howard Johnson (St Mary’s) will spend some of the cash on buying new litter bins, repairing benches and painting a lamppost. The South Holland district councillors also carried out a litter pick during their walk on Monday morning. Coun ...

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More than £10,000 dished out in prizes to good recyclers in South Holland

More than £10,000 in prize money has been handed out in the first year of South Holland District Council’s recycling rewards scheme. Since its launch last February there have been 102 winners out of a possible 120. The £10,000 prize money includes £3,000 in grand prize draws and dozens of £100 prizes. Winners have been spread across the district, including ...

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Spalding residential development would be ‘slum’ and ‘not fit even for Tilbury’

Planning officers were out of step with councillors when they recommended approval of a housing development slammed as a “slum” and “inappropriate even for Tilbury”. South Holland District Council’s planning committee chairman Coun Roger Gambba-Jones wasted no time in condemning Seagate Homes’ application for 14 homes at Little London. He said: “I make no bones about it. I don’t like ...

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The ‘ugly’ £1,000 fence which councillors say must be altered

A new £1,000 fence due to be painted and have plants growing up it in an effort to improve the look of the neighbourhood must be altered, councillors have ordered. Simon Barker extended the route of an original fence to enclose a piece of his land which kept attracting litter and animal excrement. He had just finished putting up the ...

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Goodbye to The Station Gates pub, hello to an Eastern European food store

Historic Spalding pub The Station Gates is poised to become an Eastern European food store called Corner Shop. An application for a licence to sell alcohol from 8am to midnight seven days a week has been made to South Holland District Council. Applicant Zagros Abdullah has previously run similar shops in Wisbech. A spokesman said: “It will be a food ...

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Option to spread council tax payments over full year

An option for council tax payers in South Holland to pay their bill over 12 months is being highlighted. Currently, only about 1,000 people take the full year. The norm is ten months, from April to January inclusive. South Holland District Council says it understands that some people struggle to pay their Council Tax on time or ahead of time, and wants to help ...

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37 new homes for Cowbit get planning go-ahead

A plan for 37 new homes in Cowbit has been passed, although two ward members spoke against it. Coun Anthony Casson told last week’s South Holland District Council planning committee meeting that he is concerned about drainage of the site in Backgate. He also believes local schools and GP surgeries are under enough strain, and believes there are “too many” ...

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District council clears 200 tonnes of litter and fly-tipped materials from South Holland’s towns and roads

More than 200 tonnes of rubbish – the equivalent weight of 30 adult elephants – has been cleaned up as part of the district council’s Pride in South Holland campaign. Litter and fly-tipping which blighted alleyways, footpaths, roadsides and verges has been blitzed by the council’s street sweeping team, with items including car tyres, bags full of rubbish and a bath removed. Areas cleared include Crowland, ...

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UKIP: We want foreign nationals to stand for us in South Holland District Council elections

The UK Independence Party has declared that it is actively trying to recruit EU migrants to stand in this year’s South Holland District Council elections. The move might come as a surprise to many people who accuse some of the party’s thinking at national level to be racist and anti-immigration. But South Holland and The Deepings group chairman Paul Foyster ...

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Small council tax rise will stave off cuts to frontline police officers and PCSOs

The portion of council tax for Lincolnshire Police is to rise to ensure the current number of officers can be maintained. The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has welcomed the decision by the Police and Crime Panel to approve his proposal to increase the 2015/16 Police Precept by 1.95 per cent. “I am delighted at the unanimous vote to ...

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South Holland district councillor Amanda Puttick dies

South Holland district councillor and former Lincolnshire county councillor Amanda Puttick has died after a long struggle with ill health. Coun Puttick (pictured) had been a ward member for Donington, Quadring and Gosberton since 1999, and was a former chairman of the district council. She passed away in hospital on Saturday. Council leader and fellow Conservative Gary Porter paid tribute ...

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Spalding chamber of commerce president Phil Scarlett joins UKIP group to run for South Holland District Council

Phil Scarlett, the president of Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce, is standing for UKIP in the forthcoming South Holland District Council elections. Mr Scarlett, who is a member of Sutton Bridge Parish Council and lives in the town, will stand in that ward. He will be up against Conservative candidates Vicky Hills and Shirley Giles and sitting ward ...

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