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South Holland resident pays for damaging bathroom

A resident is more than £640 out of pocket having paid for damaging a bathroom during an argument at his home. Sam Williams was involved in an altercation with his partner at their home in Surfleet in April. As a result, South Holland District Council had to replace a toilet suite, bath panel, sink basin, plug socket and a central ...

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Spalding woman (31) caught after illegally claiming £16,000 in benefits

A woman illegally claimed £16,000 benefits after failing to declare that she had a partner. Emma Grimes received income support, council tax benefit and housing benefit on the basis that she was a single parent. Mark Knowles, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court, said Grimes told the authorities that she had separated from her partner but in November 2012 evidence came ...

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Spalding swimming pool closed after ‘freak accident’

The Castle Sports Complex swimming pool in Spalding has been forced to close for more than 24 hours after a ceiling light shattered. The incident happened on Wednesday afternoon, with debris landing in the main pool and the learner pool. Specialist divers are recovering it to prevent the pools needing to be drained and refilled. Contracts manager Richard Johnson said: “We’ve ...

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Spalding business park with hotel, pub and conference centre granted planning permission

A major new development in Spalding – labelled Lincs Gateway Business Park – has been granted outline planning permission. The plan includes a Premier Inn hotel, Brewer’s Fayre pub, restaurant/cafe, conference and function centre and fuel station. About 2,000 jobs would be supported with Ashley King Developments’ scheme, which will be on land either side of Barrier Bank, next to ...

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Contract to save Lincolnshire council £2million

VINCImouchel has been awarded the contract to supply property services for Lincolnshire County Council, delivering savings of more than £2m over five years. The council’s Executive agreed to award the contract to the new joint-venture company set up between VINCI Facilities and Mouchel Ltd during its special meeting on Tuesday. The contract is valued at £35-45 million over five years, ...

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Judicial review starts into library changes

A judicial review began on Tuesday, the outcome of which could have major implications for the future of libraries across the country. Ten members of the Save Lincolnshire Libraries campaign are attending the hearing and reporting on the key developments through social media with the hashtag #LibraryJudicialReview. The group’s Twitter account can be found at @SaveLincsLibraries and their Facebook group ...

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Road traffic management ‘key to Spalding’ during rail work upgrade

Spalding Town Forum says good traffic management will be key to keeping road transport moving around the town during the huge rail upgrade this year. Network Rail’s £280million Great Northern Great Eastern project to improve the Peterborough to Doncaster line through Lincoln will mean two long periods of work in Spalding, expected to cause severe disruption on the roads. The ...

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Dedicated recycler Jason bags £1,000 prize in South Holland District Council rewards scheme

The first £1,000 winner in South Holland District Council’s recycling rewards scheme has been awarded his prize. Long-term recycler Jason Carswell was rewarded for his dedication when his name was drawn from all the initial £100 winners in the Green Bag Lottery’s first three months. Ten households are randomly and secretly selected every four weeks. Each one which presents recycling ...

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Green recycling bags in short supply in South Holland

Recycling bags are at a premium in South Holland after a problem with the supplier. A machine breakdown has left the district council with no rolls to give out at pick-up points including its offices in Spalding and Long Sutton Market House. However, the local authority has managed to maintain its twice-yearly drops of bags at the district’s 38,200 households. ...

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£500,000 community building for Spalding’s Wygate Park could be base for South Holland Community Church

A long-awaited community building for Wygate Park in Spalding has been given fresh impetus and feasibility by a partnership with South Holland Community Church. A £500,000 multi-purpose project is being proposed on land near the new Wygate Park Academy. The project steering group, which includes South Holland ward district councillors Roger Gambba-Jones and Christine Lawton, is hoping the building would ...

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Late Night Levy would be unfair, says Spalding nightclub owner

The owner of Loaded nightclub says a late night levy (LNL) would be an unfair ‘tax’ on licensed premises which, like his, have already invested in CCTV and door staff. Matt Clark believes a BID (Business Improvement District) scheme would be a fairer way to provide support. Here Mr Clark, who is also chairman of Spalding Nighttime Economy Forum, tells ...

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Council surveying South Holland residents on garden waste collection service

  A garden waste collection service is being considered for South Holland. The district council is asking residents whether they would be willing to pay £2 per collection. For those that would, they are also being asked whether they would prefer to use a compostable sack or a reusable bin. The council says the service is being considered as a ...

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Councillors look at buying mobile camera for crime and anti-social behaviour hotspots

The purchase of a mobile camera to link in with South Holland’s upgraded CCTV system has taken a step closer. Spalding Town Forum has asked for costings before deciding whether its 12 district councillors would like to contribute from their annual designated members’ budget. The proposal for a camera which could be moved to “hotspots” for crime and anti-social behaviour ...

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Promotion for community garden at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum in Spalding

Visitors to Ayscoughfee Hall Museum in Spalding can now learn more about the Kitchen Garden Project and how they can get involved. A new information board has been installed at the community garden. Ayscoughfee is one of nine community gardens located across South Holland set up to develop shared garden spaces and encourage people to get growing at home. Volunteers ...

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Public show of appreciation for our Armed Forces

South Holland District Council joined with local authorities across the country in a demonstration of council and community appreciation for our armed forces. The authority took part in the annual Armed Forces Fly the Flag Day at the council offices in Priory Road on Monday. Pictured is chairman Coun Robert Clark with representatives of The Royal British Legion and local ...

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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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