Council

Concerns over district council practices

South Holland District Council says it is working to improve after an audit raised “serious concerns” over how areas of it is run. A report by the Eastern Internal Audit Services rated the council the ‘Limited Assurance’ grade in relation to framework of governance and risk management the second lowest it could be. “Significant improvements are required to improve the ...

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Sunshine brings out the roadworks in South Holland

As the schools close for summer, the roadworks move in with work at 963 locations across Lincolnshire until September. The county council is working alongside partners Kier with Lincoln-based Minster Surfacing to carry out the mammoth project while traffic is lighter during the holiday season. “When everyone else goes off for their summer holidays, we’re hard at work repairing roads ...

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Huge increase in reported potholes

The number of reported potholes in Lincolnshire has risen by more than two and a half times it has been revealed. Lincolnshire County Council revealed it had received 23,438 complaints about potholes in the 12 months before June 1, 2018. Over the same period the previous year the number of complaints was just 9,034, 30 more than in the 12 ...

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Council will not rethink streetlighting policy despite criticism of police figures

Lincolnshire Police having not reported 9,400 crimes correctly will not lead to a rethink on Lincolnshire County Council’s part-night streetlighting policy which was continued due to crime levels having not increased dramatically. As reported in last week’s The Voice, the figure led to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate branding the force “inadequate”. Several residents commented on our Facebook page with regards the ...

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Class A drugs pub could lose license

The future of a Spalding pub that has repeatedly tested positive for traces class A drugs on its premises faces a licence review panel decision on Tuesday (July 24). Areas within The Black Swan, New Road, have, since 2011, repeatedly tested positive for traces of class A drugs, including cocaine, heroin and MDMA, states the supporting documents of the Panel ...

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Long awaited play area for Moulton is not “on the horizon”

Despite years of tireless campaigning, Moulton still has no children’s play area. Hopes of a new facility were high when South Holland District Council bought Moulton Park in 2016. It was widely thought that a section would be available for the children of the village. South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes, who lives in Moulton, said this week ...

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Your say on the future of South Holland

The modified South East Lincolnshire Local Plan – which sets out the boundaries for town and village planning until the year 2036 – has been released. Modifications have been made to the plans for South Holland’s towns and villages and a six-week public consultation has begun. Views on the changes made following the examination hearing sessions are being welcomed by ...

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Town library gets new home

Spalding library will move to a new location in town. The library is set to vacate its two-storey Victoria Street location and relocate to the town’s Red Lion Quarter. An agenda item for the July 24 Lincolnshire County Council Public Protection and Communities Scrutiny Committee states: “Preparation is now underway for GLL [Greenwich Leisure Ltd] to move provision of the ...

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Universal Credit launches locally

The Universal Credit system has begun in South Holland. It is part of the government’s welfare and replaces income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit. A South Holland District Council statement says Universal Credit “is designed to encourage, support and make households financially better off through work”. This, ...

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Injunction bans Crowland boy from acts of anti-social behaviour or inciting others

A teenage boy has been banned from committing anti-social behaviour in South Holland for the next six months. South Holland District Council is celebrating the court order, which has resulted in a 15-year-old boy from Crowland being served an injunction after a court judged an ongoing spate of anti-social behaviour to have caused “undue harassment and distress to residents across ...

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Man given £40 fine for assaulting former partner

A 43-year-old man who assaulted his former partner of 18 years during an argument when he went to collect some of his property, has been fined just £40 by magistrates in Boston. Philip Henry Parker, now living at Elizabeth Crescent in Deeping St Nicholas, admitted assaulting his former partner by beating her and damaging a stool and a desk during the ...

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Council invests £35k to webcast

An investment of £11,900 per year is made into webcasting South Holland District Council meetings, a recent publication of its contract register showed. The council broadcasts its 12 monthly planning meetings and occasional other meetings likely to be of broad interest. Coun Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for communities and facilities, said: “I believe it’s a benefit particularly regarding planning issues. ...

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Former gym shapes up to be flats

The site of a former fitness club in Spalding could become flats. A planning application has been submitted to turn the site once unoccupied by The Fitness Company gym into an apartment complex and build an extra block of flats on the site. The application asks for permission to change the class D2 building into a class D3 building, which ...

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£250,000 rejuvenation project for Spalding’s South Holland Centre

A quarter of a million pounds is to be spent saving the decaying South Holland Centre, just 20 years after a £2.5m revamp. One South Holland district councillor says he goes into the function room “gingerly” amid his fears over the building’s structural integrity. On Sunday (July 8), scaffolding will be put up and will remain for at least two ...

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Is your councillor worthy of an award?

If you think your local councillor is worthy of a national award, here’s your chance to make it happen. Nominations are open for the annual national Councillor Achievement Awards, organised by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and now in its ninth year. No councillor from South Holland has ever won a Councillor Achievement Award – will this be the ...

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Council stalls on cashless parking in Spalding

Ten new car park payment machines await their fate after public backlash forced the council to scrap plans to bring cashless parking to Spalding. After three weeks of mixed messages and public confusion, South Holland District Council issued an apology on Friday (June 22) and announced that its parking payment plans were on hold. Following multiple shifting dates, June 22 ...

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Council puts cashless car parking on hold

After weeks of cashless car parking controversy and confusion, South Holland District Council has scrapped immediate plans to change Spalding’s ticket machines. The council has issued a statement saying plans to upgrade its car park payment machines by today (Friday, June 22) are no longer going ahead. The statement reads: “Following internal discussions and feedback from residents, we have decided ...

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Council sorry for car park payment issues

South Holland District Council has issued an apology after a fortnight of confusion over changes to Spalding’s car park payment. This month, the payment machines in Spalding’s car parks are being updated, with all but two going cashless. The issues began when notices were posted on machines on Monday, June 11, stating they will be updated from that day. The ...

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Council leader’s return to health after scare and nine hour operation

Leader of South Holland District Council Lord Porter is back at work following a triple heart bypass – and he has secured a fourth term as Local Government Association chairman. Taken ill in the Houses of Parliament, Lord Porter was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital London on June 4. He’d had chest pains earlier in the day and had to ...

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South Holland Community Wardens set out

Two community wardens paid for with money from a “controlling migration” grant have started work. The wardens, whose roles were created after South Holland District Council bid for £127,000 from the government’s Controlling Migration scheme, will perform uniformed patrols in South Holland in a bid to develop safer and stronger communities. A spokesman for the council said: “The scheme aims ...

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