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Donington firm wants to heat its premises with timber wastage

A firm which has been manufacturing timber windows and doors in Donington since 1884 is planning to dramatically reduce its heating bills by utilising factory by-products. And George Barnsdale is also looking to grow this year by recruiting engineer graduates, and is hoping to find some local talent. The High Street firm says it is dedicated to the environment and ...

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Europe’s largest producer of pumpkins ‘relaxed’ over Spalding harvest

Europe’s largest producer of pumpkins is confident that he won’t be left sweating over the readiness of this year’s Spalding crop. David Bowman says a combination of the 2014 weather and years of experience tells him not to lose any sleep over the imminent harvest. In some wet years recently his firm has been a little concerned that its crop ...

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Which crime and anti-social behaviour issues in South Holland would you like to see tackled?

South Holland residents’ views on crime and anti-social behaviour are wanted and contributors will be in with a chance of winning £30 in high street vouchers. Anyone living in South Holland, Boston Borough, or East Lindsey is being invited by East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership to complete its annual community safety survey to help identify the priorities residents want it ...

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Service bus operator criticised as Johnson Community Hospital stop and Pinchbeck loop pulled

Buses have stopped calling at The Johnson Community Hospital – partly because turning into and out of the site has been deemed dangerous. Brylaine Travel, which runs the K59 service between Spalding and Boston, has also removed a loop around nearby Enterprise Way and Wardentree Lane in Pinchbeck, prompting disappointment from workers who relied upon it. Brylaine says there is ...

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South Holland district councillors club together for Spalding special school play equipment

Kind-hearted councillors have clubbed together to provide new play equipment for a Spalding school. The Garth School, a special school with 45 pupils aged between two and 19 from across South Holland, will benefit from the generous donation which includes scooters, tricycles, wheelbarrows and buggies. Twenty councillors contributed a total of £2,370 from their own budgets and the equipment will ...

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Controversial Spar shop will be built in Spalding next year

A proposed new Spar shop in Spalding, which caused a storm of protest when planning permission was sought five years ago, is finally to be built. The developer has confirmed to The Voice that work on the store in Winsover Road will get under way in 2015. A spokesman said: “I can confirm it’s a store we hope to build ...

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Young Conservatives’ litter pick at Spalding skate park

Spalding Skate Park looked tidier after a litter pick by local members of the Young Conservatives. It was followed by a fact-finding visit to Agapecare Foodbank. Young Tory Jack McLean said: “The litter pick was a huge success after collecting eight bags. “It was originally a youth driven project, aimed at tackling the one of the most youth friendly areas, ...

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Could you help with council litter pick in Spalding?

Volunteers are being urged to help with a litter pick next week. South Holland District Council’s Litter Blitz event returns this summer with the Spalding Summer Spruce Up taking place on Thursday, August 21 at Spalding Skate Park in Fulney Avenue from 10am until 2pm. Representatives from local organisations will be joining in with this community effort to tidy up ...

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Ayscoughfee Gardens park attendant retires early after 25 years due to anti-social behaviour louts

A park attendant who served Ayscoughfee Gardens for 25 years has retired with more than a tinge of sadness. Roger Nix (65) enjoyed his time at the Spalding park, but felt forced to take retirement earlier than he had hoped because of the stress brought on by anti-social behaviour which has blighted the place. He said: “There are five acres ...

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Two new homes ready for tenants in Cowbit

Tenants will soon be able to enjoy two brand new homes in Cowbit. The properties have recently been completed and will be rented to tenants of South Holland District Council. The two bedroom homes have been built in Stonegate by D Brown Builders Ltd and were handed over to councillors at the site last week. The buildings have energy efficient ...

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£250,000 vintage tractors and farm equipment museum planned at Fleet

  A major new visitor attraction for South Holland is being planned at Fleet. Hundreds of thousands of people have glimpsed Bill Payne’s ever-increasing large collection of vintage tractors as they pass his home on the A17 Washway Road. Now the Farm Café owner is hoping to capitalise on the growing interest. He’s ready to spend £250,000 creating a vintage ...

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Lincolnshire Police refuse to tell public the county’s busiest speed cameras

Lincolnshire Police are refusing to tell the public which are the county’s busiest and most lucrative road safety cameras – for fear the machines will be attacked. Despite admitting that it would create greater awareness of speeding hotspots, they have declined to give details about the number of offences and the revenue of the highest earners among the 52 fixed ...

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Gateway business park in Spalding opens up 2,000 jobs

A major business park for Spalding, which will create 2,000 jobs, has been granted outline planning permission. Lincs Gateway Business Park will include a Premier Inn hotel, Brewers Fayre pub, restaurant/cafe, conference and function centre, and fuel station. The plan by Holbeach firm Ashley King Developments will be on land either side of Barrier Bank, next to the A16 roundabout. ...

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Unrest from neighbouring residents of proposed Spalding business park

Several neighbouring residents are unhappy with the Lincs Gateway Business Park plan for Spalding in its current state. They want the ‘noisy’ warehouse element to not be located near their properties, and they say a bridleway alongside the site cannot and should not be upgraded to a pedestrian and cyclist access. Graham Brown has lived in Fen End Lane for ...

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Proposed home with ‘ski slope’ roof might ‘bring that area of Spalding upmarket a touch’

A proposed house with a “ski slope” roof has been given planning permission. The design of the home to replace a dilapidated garage at 2 Osier Road, Spalding, didn’t sit well with all members of South Holland District Council’s planning committee. Chairman Coun Roger Gambba-Jones wondered whether members were happy with the roof, which he likened to a “ski slope”. ...

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South Holland council tenant gets demotion after drugs found at home

A Spalding resident has had her council tenancy agreement downgraded after her partner was convicted of dealing drugs. The demotion order for South Holland District Council tenant Danielle Batch and her partner Jay Smith was applied for after police officers executed a warrant at their home in Hereward Road in Spalding and found £120 worth of cannabis along with scales ...

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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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