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Urgent work on trees at reserve

Work on trees in a Holbeach nature reserve is to be carried after around 30 graves were destroyed by one falling in a nearby cemetery. A meeting of Holbeach Parish Council last week heard that the authority would look to take urgent action at the Fishpond Lane open space as it was found work needed to be carried out on ...

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Price review for Spalding Market traders

The saga of South Holland market charges is back on the district council agenda at a meeting of the Cabinet next week. Members had decided in the height of the pandemic earlier this year to no longer have market stalls erected for traders in Spalding – a move that caused a backlash. Now there are recommendations to review the fees ...

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Group applauds new cycle racks

A group that promotes cycling has backed controversial new bike racks that have appeared in Spalding and Holbeach The green, car shaped racks placed over car parking spaces have been called ‘monstrosities’ and “a dangerous eyesore wasting valuable space” by Voice readers. Lincolnshire County Council, which installed them as part of the government’s Active Travel fund, even said one in ...

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Kind donations for school’s harvest festival help food bank and Spalding lady’s work in Uganda

A school has used its annual harvest festival to aid a Spalding lady helping families in Uganda and providing goods for local food banks. Bicker Preparatory School and Early Years weren’t able to attend church like they normally do every autumn. Emily Braybrook in Uganda Instead for their Harvest Festival they were encouraged to bring in food to donate to ...

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Clocks going back will affect lights

Lincolnshire County Council has reminded residents that on Sunday the clocks will go back, temporarily affecting the timings of the county’s part-night streetlights. There are around 42,000 part-night streetlights across the county that are switched off between the hours of midnight and 6am. Coun Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways, said: “Over the next few weeks you might notice that ...

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Bid to curb town speeding issues

A host of traffic measures to make Holbeach safer have been proposed by the parish council. And the parish councillor who is leading the way, Coun Michelle Manley, is also exploring the prospect of setting up a group of volunteers to monitor speed in the town. She has been researching traffic hot spots for the last few months and the ...

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Council reforms will have to wait

The brakes have been put on a major reorganisation of local government in Lincolnshire – with the councils told to concentrate on helping communities recover from the effects of coronavirus. District councils, including South Holland, welcomed the news that central government called a halt to the process of reorganising the entire structure. “This enables district councils to put our full ...

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Three injured, one seriously, following Gedney Drove explosion

Bomb disposal experts are in Gedney Drove End after an explosion this morning (Saturday) left three people injured, one of them seriously. The incident occurred shortly before 11am this morning. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “At 10.53am we received a report of a small explosion in this area. “Three men have been injured – one is thought to have ...

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‘Closing down’ signs go up in two more Spalding shops

‘Closing’ signs have gone up in two more Spalding town centre stores. Both the local branches of Bonmarche in Bridge Street and Peacocks in Market Place have announced to customers they’re closing down. The Bonmarche chain went into administration in October 2019 and was bought by Peacocks which itself is owned by Edinburgh Woollen Mill. That company announced it was ...

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Schools’ warning to parents

Schools in Spalding have put out warnings over safety amid alleged reports of students being approached by strangers. Spalding Academy and East Pinchbeck Primary School have released a warning to parents this afternoon. The Voice has approached Lincolnshire Police for more details on any related incidents in the town, but has yet to receive a response. The warnings have come ...

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MP cuts the ribbon on new Spalding care home

South Hollands and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes has cut the ribbon on Spalding’s newest care home. Fenchurch House is County Court’s 33rd care home and has been built on the site of the former Goodfellows School on Spalding Common. It can home up to 60 people offer long term residential care, short-term respite care and specialist dementia care. ...

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Staff heartbroken after break in at Imaginarium bar

Staff at the Imaginarium cocktail bar on Westlode Street in Spalding are picking up the pieces following a burglary on Sunday evening. The bar was broken into and subsequently bottles of alcohol valued of up to £1,000 were taken. Lucy Smith, manager of the site said “It is gutting to see the damage caused to our bar. “We are working ...

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Sour notes at highly strung council meeting interrupted by violin music

Infighting at Holbeach Parish Council has been likened to the Northern Ireland peace process in a fractious and, at times, bizarre meeting which was even interrupted by violin music over a claim of abusive behaviour. District councillor Nick Worth, who was among the public watching Monday night’s online meeting, described it as a ‘bonfire being lit” under the council. The ...

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Speeding driver found face down among potatoes following chase

A Spalding man who was found lying face down in a potato field in an attempt to avoid arrest after driving at over 90mph, has been banned from driving for three years. Ignas Bagdonas, 30, of Banks Avenue, admitted failing to stop for the police, driving without insurance or a driving licence and driving in excess of a 60mph speed ...

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Man currently banned from Spalding town centre convicted for 84th time

A disabled man currently banned from Spalding town centre for a string of incidents has been found guilty in absence of abusing a supermarket employee by Boston magistrates. Matthew Peter Bellerson, 45, of The Chase, Pinchbeck, failed to appear before at the hearing but was tried and found guilty in his absence. The court was told that at 11am on ...

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Woman injured after rock was thrown through window

A Spalding teenager who had been asked to leave a house after an evening’s drinking, injured one of the residents after he threw a rock through a window. Diogo Correia-Carneiro, 19, of Danube Square, admitted damage and assault charges when he appeared before magistrates at Boston. Prosecuting, Sukhi Singh said that at around 6am on July 12, Correia-Carneiro smashed the ...

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GP surgery is to stay at Johnson?

A ‘temporary’ arrangement to run a GP service at Spalding’s Johnson Hospital is to stay at the community hospital for at least another two years. The service was first established after the Pennygate Surgery closed its doors in August 2018. At the time the new surgery was said to be at the hospital only as a temporary measure. The Lincolnshire ...

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More town bans to follow?

Residents are being urged to report all incidents of anti-social behaviour as it was revealed more people could be banned from Spalding town centre including some repeatedly caught drinking alcohol. Last month Matthew Bellerson was banned from Spalding for a host of such incidents, including pretending a footrest of a wheelchair was a gun. But last week’s meeting of the ...

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New Year, new bus service?

A new bus service for Spalding connecting the town centre and the Johnson Hospital is “on the table for January”, a new town centre steering group has heard. The group of local community representatives and businesses held what has been hailed as a successful meeting recently. It follows on from a meeting of a number of parties interested in improving ...

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Man hospitalised and road closed after car falls into ditch

A man has been taken to hospital and a road closed after reports a car fell into a ditch in Holbeach. The incident occurred in Greenwich Avenue at 1.20pm this afternoon. The nearby A151 is also closed as police clear the area while the air ambulance has also been in attendance. A Lincolnshire Police spokesman, said: “We received a report ...

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