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Masked teens carried out ‘terrifying’ armed robbery at Holbeach newsagents

Three young men who carried out a “terrifying robbery” at a Holbeach newsagents, after arming themselves with two knives and wearing Halloween masks have each been sentenced to over two years youth custody.    Manager Paula Shaw was working alone at McColls in Holbeach at around 7.30pm when she was confronted by the two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old.    Lincoln ...

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Junction to be looked at as part of new transport strategy for Holbeach

Improving Holbeach’s five way Market Hill junction is among the issues to be looked at as part of a new travel strategy for the town. A direction on the future of transport in the town is to be unveiled in early 2019 with its stated aims to include prioritising walking and cycling in the town as well as promoting public ...

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Council ‘loses’ parking money

Lincolnshire drivers are sticking to parking rules and the county council’s income is dropping as a result. For the first time, there has been a deficit in the amount of money recovered in fines for on-street parking tickets since Lincolnshire County Council took over the role in 2012. Up until the end of the last financial year, in March 2018, ...

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Pirate movies on council Local Plan website

A council website has been hosting illegal streams to pirated Hollywood movies. The South Lincolnshire Local Plan website, co-run by the South Holland District Council and Boston Borough Council joint committee, for months hosted hundreds of links claiming to offer streams to recent Hollywood movies, including The Mummy and It. South Holland District Council said upkeep of the website was ...

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Long Sutton holiday park set to get go-ahead

An application for a new holiday site and associated facilities near McDonald’s in Long Sutton looks set to be approved, 11 months after a similar plan was rejected. The outline application is for up to 30 caravan pitches, 12 two-bedroom and ten three bedroom holiday cottages as well as a fishing lake, offices, caravan sales office, workshop and landscaping. A ...

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South Holland Centre to go booking fee free

The South Holland Centre in Spalding will scrap its online booking fee when it updates its ticketing systems later this month. Currently, there is a £1.50 fee applied to tickets booked online but this will be removed after the system changeover. To implement the change, the box office ticketing service will be unavailable for two days for all sales, whether ...

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Cash or card for town car parks

New pay machines that take both cash and card payments have been installed in three Spalding car parks. South Holland District Council said the usage of the new machines, in Herring Lane, Victoria Street and Vine Street, will be monitored to determine demand for each type. The council said this data, along with the upcoming consultation on the future of ...

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Grave mystery at town cemetry

Investigations into a set of broken gravestones at Holbeach cemetery have proved inconclusive. The damaged gravestones were discovered last weekend and All Saints Parish Church and Holbeach Parish Council has investigated to see whether the damage was caused by vandalism or weather conditions. Upon discovery, the gravestones were checked by the for the parish council’s working parks and cemeteries manager ...

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New homes honour Suffragette leader

A new housing development in Spalding will be named in honour of political activist and suffragette movement leader Emmeline Pankhurst, the centenary year of the first women being recognised with the right to vote. South Holland District Council owned Welland Homes’ new scheme at Pankhurst Close, located near Parkside Crescent in Spalding, has started with the development of 10 two-bedroom homes, ...

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Waste facility in Crowland set for approval

Planners are being recommended to flick the switch on a new wood burner, water treatment plant and associated food growing facility close to the A16 north east of Crowland. Lincolnshire County Council has recommended Sycamore Planning Limited’s application for the biomass power facility at Decoy Farm, off Spalding Road, be approved at the authority’s Planning and Regulation Committee  meeting on Monday. ...

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Anger boils over at unauthorised burner

Residents of a Spalding cul-de-sac have been left fuming after a wood burner with a nearly 30ft chimney was built without planning permission behind their homes. Those living on Westminster Drive first noticed building work taking place at Cedar Falls Care Home in May and complained to South Holland District Council. Owner Tanglewood has since submitted a retrospective planning application ...

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Holbeach roadworks at A17 and A151 start next week

Roadworks around the A17/A151 junction near Holbeach are to begin on Monday (August 20). The scheduled works are set to be carried out mostly over night and will centre around Peppermint Junction. They are due to take place over two weeks subject to suitable weather. The works will be carried out from 7pm to 6am, Monday to Friday, with the ...

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Football ground plan for village

Plans have been submitted to turn fields in Pinchbeck into a new football ground and sports field. Pinchbeck United Junior Football Club (PUJFC) has submitted an application for the change of use of fields in Northgate from agricultural land to football pitches. A feasibility study – which lists the nine sites PUJFC considered – states that the club plans for ...

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Latest Spalding and Long Sutton leisure centres survey launched

The latest survey on the Castle Sports Complex and Peele Leisure Centre has been launched. South Holland District Council’s online survey is running until Friday, August 31 at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CastleandPeeleLeisureCentresSurvey Paper copies are available at the centres themselves. A spokesman for the district council, said: “We’d like to thank those who have already responded – your feedback will be used. “There ...

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Gedney Dyke villagers’ new hope for old pub

A plan to re-open a village’s last pub and incorporate a village shop has been given a boost. Gedney Dyke campaigners have successfully lobbied to have The Chequers public house listed as an Asset of Community Value by South Holland District Council at the second time of asking. It came just days before the authority’s planning committee were due to ...

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Councillor voices Universal Credit concerns

A councillor’s fears over the introduction of the Universal Credit system he likened to the poll tax has been addressed amid concerns over how parts of South Holland District Council is run. Coun Chris Brewis raised the concerns at the meeting of the authority’s Governance and Audit Committee last Thursday, July 26. As reported in last week’s edition of The ...

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Tech troubles cancel council webcast

The South Holland District Council Planning Committee webcast was cancelled last week after technical issues. The planning committee meeting is broadcast online and the video is archived for access after the meeting. A council spokesperson said: “Unfortunately we were unable to webcast the planning committee meeting on Wednesday, July 25, due to a sudden technical issue that emerged with the ...

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Security in place for Russian threat

South Holland District Council says it is ready to withstand a possible cyber attack from Russia. The threat of such an attack is the only “High Risk” identified by the council in its quarterly risk report to the authority’s Governance and Audit Committee which met on Thursday, July 26. To combat the risk, the report states that the council now ...

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Library move is backed

A plan to move Spalding Library from Victoria Street to the Red Lion Quarter will be an “improvement for customers” a councillor has claimed. The Voice revealed last week Lincolnshire County Council is working to move the facility to Red Lion Street. Coun Nick Worth, executive member for libraries is backing the move. He said: “We’re currently working with our ...

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Drugs pub given second chance

A Spalding pub can continue trading despite eight police visits and evidence of cocaine use on both sides of the bar. The Black Swan, New Road, was visited by officers “more than any other premises of any other size in the county,” police told members of South Holland District Council Licensing Panel when they met on Tuesday. Sgt Kimble Enderby, ...

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