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Residents renew fight against fly-tip and rubbish ‘eyesore’ street corner

Residents of a Spalding street have vowed to renew their fight against an ‘eyesore’ corner of rubbish and fly-tipped items. For more than 10 years, Ken Ward has been in contact with South Holland District Council about the rubbish piled up at a corner near his house. The bulk of it comes from the estate of apartments and houses built ...

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Letters demand litter action from leaders

South Holland crusaders against litter and fly-tipping have called for urgent action from the district’s leaders. Regular letter-writer Paul Matten sent his latest findings to the press and the district council and is now threatening legal action on environmental grounds. He wrote: “I don’t expect any action from SHDC any time soon, but I will start prosecution proceedings against SHDC ...

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‘Brilliant’ year for cat donations

Generous animal lovers have risen to the challenge of the Spalding and District Cats Protection appeal for food and domestic items for the fostered four-legged friends. Sandra Gelsthorpe, who has run the local Cats Protection for 29 years, said the response has been brilliant and as well as dropping food off to The Voice office, people have taken items directly ...

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Police call for ‘rural rangers’

A new Lincolnshire Police scheme hopes to recruit a force of mounted volunteers to patrol the area on horseback looking for trouble. If you have a horse, a keen eye for crime and time on your hands, Lincolnshire Police want to hear from you. Gill Finn, Community Safety Officer for Lincolnshire Police, runs the scheme and said The Rural Rangers ...

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Blind Society is ready for 2019

A group that helps the blind and partially sighted in Spalding is gearing up for a 2019 full of activities. The South Lincolnshire Blind Society aims to connect people with sensory loss through regular sessions. These include the Monday Social ‘eyes’ at 12pm to 2pm on the first Monday of every month and the All Day Social ‘eyes’ from 10am ...

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Worries over parking packs Long Sutton Parish Council meeting

Around 40 members of the public turned out for a open meeting in Long Sutton to discuss a district council public notice. The parish council organised a meeting after a public notice appeared to suggest Long Sutton could be in line to introduce parking charges. South Holland District Council issued a statement after the meeting date was announced and said ...

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Large Crowland waste site set for refusal?

A bid to build a construction waste disposal plant the size of more than four football pitches near Crowland has been recommended for refusal. Agricultural and Environmental Business Consultants has applied to build and carry out the processing and storage of construction, demolition and excavation wastes to produce soils and aggregate products at Barrier Bank adjacent to Decoy Farm. The ...

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More than £350k of pothole claims

Lincolnshire County Council paid over £350,000 to drivers whose cars were damaged by potholes in 2018, it’s been revealed. Between December 18 2017 and December 17 2018 the authority paid out £367,882.22 in compensation claims a Freedom of Information request has revealed. Council officials are blaming last winter’s unusually cold weather creating more potholes than usual. In July it was ...

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Charity helps dogs bred illegally

It’s been an incredibly busy Christmas for a local charity who helped out with the rescue of 30 dogs many of whom were being bred illegally. Central German Shepherd Rescue (CGSR) was already full to capacity last week when they were asked to help home some of the dogs that had been illegally bred and possibly used for dog fighting. ...

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Dementia help proposed for Crowland

Groups are coming together in a bid to improve the lives of people in Crowland affected by dementia. Setting up a regular cafe for those with the condition and their carers is one idea being looked at by charity Tonic Health, Crowland Cares and Abbeyview Surgery. The organisations are looking at the possibility of setting up a dementia day service ...

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Opinions about services sought

New surveys have been launched to gauge public opinion on two essential services: GP practices and Lincolnshire Police. NHS England has created a survey asking more than two million people to give their opinions on their local GP surgery. The results are published online at the website https://www.gp-patient.co.uk Here, you can search for your surgery to see how it has ...

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Police search for people seen running from lorry

Police are hunting for six people in the Moulton Seas End area seen running from a lorry container towards Holbeach. Eight people in total were see seen leaving the vehicle on the A17 in Fosdyke. Two have been court and detained on suspicion of entering the UK illegally, but six more remain on the run. A statement from Lincolnshire Police, ...

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Thieves used gas to cause ATM explosion – shop owner

Thieves used gas to cause an explosion as they stole cash from an ATM machine at a Spalding family business. Neighbours heard a large explosion as cash cartridges were stolen in the raid of The Happy Shopper on Holbeach Road at around 2.40am on Saturday, January 5. The business has been owned by brothers Ranjit and Baldinder Khela since 1983. ...

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Thieves “attack” ATM at Spalding shop

Four offenders took cash after what police described as an “attack” on an ATM in Spalding in the early hours of this morning (Saturday, January 5). The Late Shopper on Holbeach Road was targetted at 2.41am. Those who live close to the shop took to social media to say they’d heard an explosion. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “We ...

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Big plans for two sites in Spalding

Two major development schemes for Spalding have been submitted to planners at South Holland District Council. One includes a drive-thru Starbucks coffee shop, gym and four business units for a site off Wardentree Lane. There will also be a Greggs, Toolstation and F1 Auto centre along with Snap Fitness. The other will see more than 40 houses and purpose-built business ...

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Spalding harassment husband given restraining order

A Spalding man has been ordered not to have any contact with his estranged wife after he admitted harassing her by forcing her to stop her car and sending her more than 200 texts in one weekend. Lee Henry Purvis (36) of Parkside Crescent, admitted harassing his wife Amy between July 26 and 31 last year, when he appeared at ...

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Licence review for shop found to be selling alcohol illegally

A Spalding shop could have its license revoked after Lincolnshire Police said it was selling alcohol illegally. Spalding Express in Commercial Road was being investigated for selling illegal cigarettes when the alcohol was found. The police have applied to South Holland District Council (SHDC) for a Review of a Premises Licence which the authority’s Licensing Committee is due to hear ...

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Car rams another into wall of Pode Hole house

A family had a lucky escape when a car was pushed through the wall of their South Holland home in the early hours of New Year’s Day. A woman driving the car was transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, with serious injuries as a result of the crash which also caused a gas leak. She was driving an orange Ford Focus ...

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Special measures for church school

A Spalding school has been found inadequate by Ofsted and must ‘urgently improve teaching’ in order to reverse its special measures. The Spalding Parish Church of England Day School has to improve across a raft of areas in order to improve, according to inspectors. “Leaders have been slow to respond to pupils’ low attainment and poor progress since the last ...

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Search is on after rubbish dumped

The festive period proved to be a busy time for fly tippers who chose the holidays to dump rubbish at two spots in South Holland. Some 70 black bags were left at Cloot Drove, Crowland, on December 27 and all the contents related to the illegal production of cannabis. The picture (top right) was taken by the South Holland District ...

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