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Speeding lorries damaging historic Cross Keys Bridge at Suton Bridge

A reactive sign could be put up to try and prevent speeding lorries causing further damage to Cross Keys Bridge at Sutton Bridge. The Grade II listed structure is suffering from HGVs braking on it while crossing from the direction of King’s Lynn. The speed limit is 30mph but Lincolnshire County Council claims some are doing more than 40mph. The ...

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Strong public support for crackdown on bad driving in Long Sutton

More than 100 upset residents raised concerns about bad driving in Long Sutton – despite the public meeting clashing with England’s World Cup match with Uruguay. Speeding – sometimes up to 80mph – and youngsters performing “doughnuts” and wheelspins were among the issues raised at the meeting also attended by parish councillors, South Holland district councillors, Lincolnshire County Council portfolio ...

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17 jobs to go as Spalding care home shuts

A care home in Spalding is to close next month with the loss of 17 jobs and the displacement of nine residents. The owner of Grenoble Rest Home, in Cowbit Road, blames burgeoning government policy for her decision to shut the home on July 21 and take retirement at the age of 46. Sarah Corlett said: “It’s been a very ...

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Extra £5.5million to repair Lincolnshire potholes

An extra £5.5million of Government funding for pothole repairs will be put to good use in Lincolnshire. The pledge has been made by Lincolnshire County Council following an announcement by the Department for Transport last week. Lincolnshire will receive £5,429,664 from a dedicated Pothole Repair Fund pot of £168 million, although local authorities may choose to spend money on other ...

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Neighbours’ anger after hearing of Spalding Primary School’s outdoor plan

Spalding Primary School has reassured neighbours that they will have a chance for input after its hope for an all-weather sports pitch and outdoor classroom met opposition. Some residents are angry at no consultation to date. Already annoyed about ongoing parking issues at the Woolram Wygate school, they claim they only learned about the pitch and classroom proposal from last ...

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Improved CCTV system in Spalding ‘might not be the answer to reducing all crime’

The effectiveness of an improved CCTV system for Spalding town centre has been brought into focus by events last weekend. Two serious group fights broke out – one in Hall Place and Red Lion Street, which are covered by cameras, and another in Churchgate and The Vista, which are not. Police have made an arrest on the Hall Place incident, ...

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Surge in use of online library services

Cuts to Lincolnshire libraries have led to a surge in popularity for online services. Latest Lincolnshire County Council performance figures show a continuing change in the way residents access local library services. Over the last year, there has been increased use of e-books, e-audio and e-magazine services. There were over 40,000 e-issues in 2013-14, compared to 25,000 in 2012-13, a ...

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I want to see Spalding ‘a cycling capital’, says South Holland and the Deepings MP

South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes wants to see Spalding a “capital of cycling”. The town’s cycle action group is confident its ambition for better promotion of cycling and its benefits will be heard in the corridors of power, following a meeting at the South Holland Centre last Friday. Mr Hayes was at PEDALS’ forum entitled Shifting Cycling ...

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Broadgate Homes hand over three new council houses in Lutton

Three brand new two-bedroom houses have been handed over to South Holland District Council. Broadgate Homes built the homes in Lutton to modern specifications and much improved energy efficiency standards compared to older council housing. The site at Puddingpoke Lane was previously brownfield land with an unused garage and surplus garden land attached to another council house. A council spokesman said: ...

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Holbeach Youth Centre issues urgent plea for helpers

Holbeach Youth Centre is struggling to stay open due to a lack of volunteers. The popular place would appear to be a victim of its own success. One adult is needed for each 15 young people and sometimes around 80 attend the sessions, requiring six grown-ups. Lynn Katze, youth development officer for Holbeach Youth Centre, said: “We’re really struggling to ...

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Motorists’ delight at Spalding bridge reopening tempered by two-week level crossing closure

An apology has been issued for the time Horseshoe Bridge in Spalding remained closed for repairs. But there was fresh frustration for motorists in the vicinity this week when the level crossing at South Drove closed for a fortnight. Horseshoe Bridge closed on April 3 and re-opened on Friday after nine weeks. Drivers had become frustrated at the length of ...

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Broadgate Homes offers to build new premises for Spalding Royal British Legion branch

A local developer has offered to help build much-needed new premises for the Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion. The generous gesture by Broadgate Homes – made at the very moment the 70th anniversary of D-Day was being marked at Ayscoughfee Gardens – came after The Spalding and South Holland Voice contacted the Weston Hills firm to highlight the ...

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Councillor was right not to vote on Spalding travellers’ site application, says planning chairman

A planning councillor who declined to vote on the controversial Spalding travellers’ site application has received the support of the committee chairman. Coun Roger Gambba-Jones says Coun Anthony Casson was right not to take part in last month’s vote, which was tied 6-6. The application was later granted on Coun Gambba-Jones’ casting vote. Some Cowbit residents were angry that Coun Casson – ...

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First £1,000 winner of South Holland’s Green Bag Lottery recycling rewards scheme to be revealed

The stage is set to reveal the first £1,000 winner of South Holland District Council’s recycling reward scheme. The Green Bag Lottery, which has been running since February, promotes good recycling practice. Every four weeks, ten households are randomly and secretly selected to take part. Each one that presents recycling correctly for at least three of the four weeks is ...

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Great South Holland recycling tonnages could be even better if contamination reduced

The amount of waste recycled by South Holland residents is on the up – but could be even higher if contamination is reduced. More than 659 tonnes was collected in April – up from 585 tonnes in February. That’s a rise of 12.6 per cent. The latest figures cover the period since the district council’s Green Bag Lottery recycling reward ...

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Survey for views on markets and car parking in South Holland

Retailers are being asked for their opinions as part of a review of markets and car parking across South Holland. The review, which focuses on the market towns of Spalding, Holbeach, Long Sutton and Crowland, will assist the district council to plan for the future. Quarterbridge Project Management is carrying out the work for the council and will be conducting the retailer survey ...

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Spalding site to become Enterprise Rent-a-car depot

National vehicle rental chain is opening a depot in Spalding. Enterprise Rent-a-car has taken on a site at the River Welland end of West Elloe Avenue and hopes to open on July 21. South Holland District Council ward member Gary Taylor said: “I welcome Enterprise’s decision to expand their business to Spalding. “This is also an opportunity to redevelop an ...

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Dun Cow site: Developer appeals decision to refuse homes

The decision to refuse homes to be built on Ye Olde Dun Cow site in Cowbit has been appealed. Market Homes believes there are grounds for South Holland District Council’s decision to be quashed and the Planning Inspectorate will hold a hearing on July 8. Meanwhile, Cowbit group The Campaign to Save Ye Olde Dun Cow has vowed to maintain ...

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Homes proposal for Spalding ex-tax office site and Holland House set for approval

Spalding’s former tax office could be demolished as part of a planned housing development. The old Government office forms part of a bigger plan, which also incorporates the neighbouring historic Holland House. South Holland District Council planners meet on Wednesday (June 4) and are to be asked to grant permission for the house to be converted to five apartments and ...

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Five jobs could be created with factory relocation from Bicker to Gosberton

A vacant factory site in Gosberton is poised to come back into use and create five jobs by the end of the year. A packaging, manufacturing and distribution firm currently based in Bicker wants to relocate to the former Gosberton Food Park in Quadring Road. Plasto Sac UK Ltd currently employs nine full-time and three part-time staff. Five additional people ...

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