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Fund set up to aid libraries fight

Campaigners trying to save Lincolnshire’s libraries from closure have launched a fundraising appeal to help cover High Court costs. Save Lincolnshire Libraries needs £7,500 to fight for libraries in the High Court. The appeal has been started by campaigners to help Lincoln resident Simon Draper in his challenge of Lincolnshire County Council’s proposal to cut the library service by £2million. ...

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Jacky supports cancer-suffering best friend by joining her with a headshave

As gestures by best friends go, Jacky Mitchell was ready to show her utmost support for breast cancer sufferer Caroline Bunning. Caroline (38) started four months of radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment on Wednesday. So the night before, Caroline pre-empted losing her hair by shaving it off – and Jacky followed suit. Jacky (28) said: “Caroline was told that she would ...

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D-Day anniversary marks final trip from Fleet to Normandy for six veterans

The 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings next week will also mark the final return to Normandy for six veterans from our region. Four D-Day veterans and two Desert Rats will be with Fleet businessman Harold Payne as The Anglia Motel Pilgrimage Fund embarks on its last trip on Monday. During the nine-day excursion, the “Old Boys” and 48 other ...

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Dun Cow site: Developer appeals decision to refuse homes

The decision to refuse homes to be built on Ye Olde Dun Cow site in Cowbit has been appealed. Market Homes believes there are grounds for South Holland District Council’s decision to be quashed and the Planning Inspectorate will hold a hearing on July 8. Meanwhile, Cowbit group The Campaign to Save Ye Olde Dun Cow has vowed to maintain ...

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Andrea’s 184-mile hike from Bristol to Spalding in 7 days is a fitness fundraiser

Spalding worker Andrea Cameron has completed a mammoth fundraising hike – the equivalent of seven marathons in seven days. Andrea strolled back into the town on Friday – her 34th birthday – to complete the final leg of a 184-mile hike from Bristol. She hopes to have raised more than £3,000 from the Severn in 7 challenge to share between ...

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Diggers to move onto Pinchbeck site in search for lost manor

Pinchbeck History and Archaeology Group begins a new attempt to find the village’s lost manor next week. The diggers will move onto Abbey Field in Northgate on Monday and will remove earth to create deep trenches six feet wide in six designated areas highlighted in a survey carried out in a geophysical scan. Visitors will be able to watch the ...

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Homes proposal for Spalding ex-tax office site and Holland House set for approval

Spalding’s former tax office could be demolished as part of a planned housing development. The old Government office forms part of a bigger plan, which also incorporates the neighbouring historic Holland House. South Holland District Council planners meet on Wednesday (June 4) and are to be asked to grant permission for the house to be converted to five apartments and ...

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Five jobs could be created with factory relocation from Bicker to Gosberton

A vacant factory site in Gosberton is poised to come back into use and create five jobs by the end of the year. A packaging, manufacturing and distribution firm currently based in Bicker wants to relocate to the former Gosberton Food Park in Quadring Road. Plasto Sac UK Ltd currently employs nine full-time and three part-time staff. Five additional people ...

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New Sutton Bridge power plant likely to be unopposed by South Holland councillors

A proposed new gas-fired power station at Sutton Bridge is set to pass through South Holland District Council unopposed. Planning councillors are being advised to raise no objection to the plan for a second combined cycle gas turbine when the scheme is discussed on Wednesday, June 4. The plant would create up to 1800MW of electrical generation capacity to be ...

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Warning of severe disruption on Spalding roads as Network Rail improvements begin

Motorists and businesses are being warned to expect significant disruption when a massive rail improvement project in and around Spalding gets under way. The works will involve the closure of level crossings and roads for two-week periods but Network Rail has vowed to do its best to limit the impact. The £280million Great Northern Great Eastern project aims to enable more ...

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South Holland backs UKIP in euro elections, but Lib Dems are ‘spent force’

South Holland was reflective of the national mood as the UK Independence Party topped the poll in the European Parliament elections. UKIP came top in the district with 10,408 votes – that was 48 per cent of those cast. South Holland is part of the East Midlands region, which has five of the 70 UK seats. UKIP retained its two ...

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Lincolnshire police search for new deputy chief constable

Lincolnshire Police are recruiting for a deputy chief constable to fill the shoes of retiring Keith Smy. Senior officers looking for the next step up the career ladder – with an eye on the future top job of chief constable – have until Friday (May 30) to apply. The successful applicant will take over from Keith Smy, who joined Lincolnshire Police ...

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‘Challenge’ to provide free school meals

South Holland primary schools are “on track” to provide thousands of pupils with free school meals from September. From the start of the new school year all youngsters in their first three years of primary school will be entitled to free dinners under a new Government scheme. Lincolnshire County Council has welcomed the move to ensure all children get a ...

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Classroom plans at two primary schools

Two Spalding primary schools are hoping to expand to meet the need for extra places. Pinchbeck East Primary School has been granted planning permission for a two classroom extension, while plans for two more permanent classrooms at Spalding Primary School have also been submitted. The classrooms are in addition to a new primary academy due to open on Spalding’s Wygate ...

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£173million cost of tragic road crashes

Priorities and targets have been set in a bid to drive down the human and financial cost of road accidents in Lincolnshire. A report out this month includes figures for the numbers of people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads in 2013 – and the almost £173million price tag of road traffic accidents. South Holland has the third ...

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Safety fears as drivers ignore West Pinchbeck speed limit

Almost 100 people have signed a petition calling for a village speed limit to be enforced before a child is killed. Parents and villagers have joined forces to create an online petition demanding action in Six House Bank, West Pinchbeck, where drivers regularly exceed the 40mph speed limit around the school. The petition has been set up by Lizzy Mich, ...

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House hit by lightning in Spalding

No one was hurt after lightning struck a house in Spalding during Thursday’s storm. Fire crews from Spalding and Bourne were called to Stonegate at about 5.10pm after the house was hit. Firefighters removed tiles from the roof to check for fire and disconnected the electricity to make the property safe. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue attended a total of 34 ...

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UPDATE: Schoolgirl hurt in Spalding collision – ‘tiger tattoo’ driver contacts police following media appeal

UPDATE: A police search for a woman who knocked down a girl during a hit and run in Spalding is over after she handed herself in. Following an appeal through the media, the woman went to the police station as soon as she realised officers were looking for her. The incident happened at 4pm last Monday, May 19, near Rooke’s Pet ...

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Councillor under cosh over his actions on Spalding travellers’ site application

Cowbit Parish Council has vowed to investigate the process which culminated in a new travellers’ site in Spalding being granted planning permission. Members are angry that Moulton, Weston and Cowbit district councillor Anthony Casson declared himself unable to vote at South Holland’s planning committee meeting earlier this month. The vote on granting permission was tied at 6-6 and passed on ...

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Children to help shape services

Lincolnshire County Council wants parents, carers, children and young people to help shape and improve future services and provision for special educational needs and disability (SEND). New Government legislation sets a number of significant changes to children with SEND from September 2014, covering all aspects of a child/young person’s journey from early years through to transition into adulthood. Key elements ...

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