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Home decision is defended

A councillor has told a committee he doesn’t regret a decision to go-ahead with purchasing a property amid claims he was ‘overruling democracy’. South Holland District Council’s Performance Monitoring Panel had previously voted that Coun Rodney Grocock should not allow the purchase of a third identified property in Spalding and instead instruct officers to find a more suitable home. However ...

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Former golf pro racially abused taxi driver

A former professional golfer who racially abused a Spalding taxi driver, has been ordered to pay him £200 in compensation by magistrates in Boston. John William Ronson, 55, of no fixed address but with a contact address in Parkside Crescent in Spalding, admitted using racially abusive words and behaviour towards the driver on August 17 last year. The court heard ...

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Man fined for racial abuse

A Holbeach roof contractor racially abused one of his customers in a disagreement over when he was to be paid, a court has heard. Patrick Alec Smith, 45, of Rose View Drive, Holbeach admitted racially aggravated harassment when he appeared before magistrates in Boston. Prosecuting, Jim Clare said Smith telephoned his customer at 10am on September 2 last year to ...

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Man seen driving two months into three year ban for 93mph speed chase

A Spalding man who last year was banned from driving for three years following a police chase at speeds up to 93 mph before abandoning his car and hiding in a potato field, was found driving his car in Albion Street. Ignas Bagdonas, 30, of Banks Avenue, had admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance when he appeared at Boston ...

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Appeal after man in 30s dies and two more injured after car leaves road in Low Fulney

A man in his 30s has died after the car he was driving left the road in Low Fulney last night. Two passengers in the silver Peugeot 207, a man and a woman, were taken to hospital after the vehicle ended up in a ditch at 8.18pm on Weston Hills Road last night (Saturday, March 20). Lincolnshire Police are appealing ...

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Views sought on plan to make Spalding town centre more friendly for cyclists and pedestrians

Roads immediately around Spalding town centre could have 20mph speed limits and current on road parking replaced by cycle lanes in a bid to make walking and cycling easier in the area. Cycling would also be made allowed in Market Place and Hall place in the proposals put forward by Lincolnshire County Council. It’s part of the Active Travel Fund ...

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Crews stop fire from setting house alight

Fire crews stopped a blaze from further damaging a Spalding home last night (Thursday). Three crews were called to Lilburn Drive shortly before 8pm after a bonfire got out of control. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue say two garden sheds, a row of conifers and the guttering of one of the homes was damaged by the fire put out by two ...

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Service to remember those in Lincolnshire who have lost their lives from COVID-19

A service is to be streamed to remember those who have lost their lives through COVID-19 on the anniversary of the first patients with the virus being admitted to Lincolnshire hospitals. The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is holding the service in partnership with St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham. It will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, March 23 and will ...

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Community unites to help mum and baby

A struggling mum and her baby boy have been overwhelmed with support following an appeal to help with heating and food. A post on The Holbeach Heroes COVID Bank Facebook page recently detailed how the single mum, who is a key worker on maternity leave, was finding it difficult to heat her home and afford food. The Holbeach area woman, ...

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Police say no reported dog thefts in South Holland

There have been no reported dog thefts in South Holland in recent months, Lincolnshire Police have said. But they are urging owners to be vigilant with their pets with rises in incidents reported elsewhere in the country. Several posts have appeared on social media with many including pictures of people and vehicles those posting have claimed to are potentially involved. ...

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Spalding parking charges set to change

The cost of parking in Spalding is set to go up in some areas from the end of the month. South Holland District Council announced the changes via its social media channels at 5pm last Friday. The cost of parking in Westlode Street will rise to £3 a day from the current £1 and the Sheep Market will rise to ...

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Veteran John dies aged 98

Local World War Two veteran John Summerson has died. Royal Air Force veteran John passed away on March 12, aged 98, at Stonehaven Care Home, Quadring. John was born in Donington in 1922 and served in the Royal Air Force during WWII with the Desert Rats in Syria. He spent many years working as chief cashier with the Water Board ...

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Holbeach pensioner (81) died after veering off the road

A Holbeach man died after his car crashed on the outskirts of the town for an unknown reason, an inquest has heard. Denis Charlton’s Kia Picanto drifted across the opposite carriageway as he approached the A151/B1515 roundabout in Spalding Road. It collided with a speed camera sign before coming to rest in a dyke. Mr Charlton (81) was treated by ...

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Solar farm gets the green light

Plans for a new solar farm next to Sutton Bridge Power Station have been given the thumbs up. EDF Renewable Energy says the development on the bank of the River Nene and on part of the site of the former RAF Sutton Bridge could power up to 16,100 homes for up to 40 years. South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee ...

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Council’s mediation bid to stop infighting

Holbeach parish councillors were called into a ‘mediation’ meeting with the district council last week as bids to stop infighting continued. A number of reports of infighting and concerns over some of the council’s practices have been raised in the past year Last November, South Holland District Council told The Voice that it had received 13 complaints about Holbeach Parish ...

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Abuse of vaccination staff will be reported to police

NHS Lincolnshire has said anyone abusing staff at COVID vaccination and testing sites will be reported to the police. A spokesman for the CCG said staff at the sites, as well as at some GP practices, have been subjected to abuse in recent weeks. He said: “We want to be very clear – abuse of any kind is unacceptable and ...

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Pub’s flats plan highlights worries over future of Spalding’s hostelries

There’s worries over what Spalding’s nightlife could look like in future after plans were submitted to turn one in the town centre into flats. An application has been submitted to convert Mulberry’s Bar, Swan Street, into three one-bedroom maisonettes. And with other town centre pubs including The White Horse, The Black Swan and PE11 currently up for sale, there’s concerns ...

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LETTERS – No street lights make it party spot

Last evening/night, I heard music and singing outside my property which was still ongoing at around 10.30pm when I went outside with my dog before bedtime. This morning I have seen and photographed the bottles and rubbish that they kindly left after their ‘party’, and I will now pick up and make the area tidy again. This area has been ...

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Objections to 5G phone mast plan

Over 100 people have signed a petition against a 20-metre high mast transmitting 5G phone signal being erected in Spalding’s Wygate Park. A planning application for the structure and cabinet at its base, to be built on the corner of Claudette Way and Wygate Park, has been submitted by the telecoms company Three. Documents submitted with the application state that ...

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No to firm’s bid for longer working hours

A Gedney Hill company has been told it can’t increase its hours of operation amid claims from neighbours that it is already flouting planning conditions. You Garden which is based in Long Lane had applied to South Holland District Council to extend its opening hours from 6am to 10pm on Mondays and Fridays and 7am to 8pm on Saturdays and ...

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