Author Archives: Richard Rush

Flats plan passed for former social club

An empty listed building in the centre of Spalding is to be turned into flats. The former Geest Social Club on Spring Gardens, which was most recently a dance studio, is to be made into seven homes after planning approval was granted last night (Wednesday). Coun Jack Tyrrell said: “It’s a great building where I’ve spent many a time. It’s ...

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Plans for former sorting office passed – but some wish it would be bulldozed

Planning approval has been granted to turn Spalding’s ‘hideous’ former sorting office into flats, but concerns have been expressed it won’t be delivered. Some members of South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee said they’d rather the building on The Crescent be demolished and replaced with a new building. But planners backed the bid to turn it into retail use on ...

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Calls for planning guidance changes as 48 homes passed in Surfleet

Councillors have called for better government standards for housing while passing a new Surfleet estate and claiming more homes being built in South Holland will eventually lead to better provisions in the area. The remarks came as South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee passed Ashley King (Developments) Ltd’s plans for 48 new homes off Sunnydale Close in Surfleet. There were ...

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Plans for 185 homes in Holbeach passed

Outline plans to build 185 homes in Holbeach have been given the thumbs up by planners. The application by Cicero Estates for land off Battlefields Lane South was introduced to South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee last night (Thursday) as an effective renewal of an 185 home application granted permission in January 2018. There were 68 public objections, including from ...

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Suspended sentence for man who failed to provide headstones ‘a warning’ to other businesses, trading standards claim

The suspended jail sentence handed out to a Spalding man who failed to provide headstones ‘serves as a warning to traders that they cannot get away with unfair and fraudulent business practices’, trading standards say. Julian Karl Gaunt, director of JG Select Memorials Ltd, pleaded guilty to five of nine counts relating to failing to deliver or give refunds for ...

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Mum of teen killed on building site speak of her own ‘life sentence’

The mother of a Holbeach teenager killed on a building site has spoken of her ‘life sentence’ after a trial relating to his death ended this week. During the four years since 18-year-old Josh Disdel died, his mum has battled health problems including a ‘mini-stroke’ brought on by the stress of the case. Fiona-Jane Lobley collapsed in Lincoln Crown Court ...

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Drink driver found asleep at wheel told police he didn’t know why he was there

A driver who was almost three times over the legal alcohol limit was found asleep at the wheel, a court has heard. Edgaras Rainys, 33, of Queens Road admitted driving with excess alcohol as well as having no insuranceor driving licence when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court. Prosecuting, Shelley Wilson said police had been informed on May 2 about ...

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Dentist fails to meet targets

A Spalding dentist faces enforcement action after failing to adhere to regulations. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission returned to Crescent Dental Surgery after initially discovering breaches in November. Roopesh Singh was told to undertake a schedule of work to ensure his practice was safe, effective and well-led after the November visit. The practice was subject to a re-visit in ...

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More staff and less waiting for patients

A major recovery plan for NHS services in the county includes more staff and less waiting – especially for patients on ‘urgent’ pathways. The Health Scrutiny Committee of the county council was due to be updated on the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust recovery plan and a response to a recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection at a meeting on Wednesday. ...

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Years roll back for Land Girl Bun

A former Land Army girl celebrated VE Day in style in Spalding. Bun Smith (96) was delighted to mark the special anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Now a resident at Spalding’s Cedar Falls Care Home, Bun was even happier when she heard that activities coordinater Sharon Kendall was dressing in honour of the day. Bun pictured ...

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Concerns pool ‘not a happy ship’

Spalding Swimming Club is among those to have complained about the chlorine levels at the Castle Sports Complex amid worries about staffing. Operator Parkwood say it’s looking to recruit more staff after concerns over the running of the site were raised at South Holland District Council’s Full Council meeting last week. Coun Angela Newton said: “It does appear to have ...

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Concern raised over bid to lower Holbeach Parish Council numbers amid more infighting

There have been calls for people to step in after yet more in-fighting and claims of bullying within Holbeach Parish Council. The authority has asked South Holland District Council to consult on whether it can lower its numbers from 18 to 16. But at last week’s meeting of SHDC’s Full Council the town’s district councillors spoke of their disappointment and ...

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Fire crews put out two lorry containers ablaze

Two lorry containers caught on fire in Gosberton Clough this morning. The incident happened on Beck Bank shortly before 11am this morning, Wednesday, May 18. Spalding’s on call crew and one from Donington attended the incident and extinguished it using two hose reels and a thermal imaging camera. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said that no casualties were ...

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Latest four weeks of work to start on repeatedly sinking Holbeach road

Workers will begin digging-up a Holbeach road for a four-week project to try and cure the problems of a sink hole. Boston Road South has been at the centre of investigation work since the latest hole appeared. The area from Holbeach Primary School to Cecil Pywell Avenue will be the first phase of the Anglian Water work and is expected ...

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District lagging behind in rapid electric vehicle chargers

South Holland is the only district in the county without a single rapid charging point for electric vehicles. It also has the lowest number of public charging devices at 12. South Kesteven has 45 and 26 rapid chargers while Boston has 48 and seven rapid points. A report to go before the county council next week outlines measures for carbon ...

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LETTERS – Where have the flowers gone?

Where have the flowers gone?Spalding used to be so much fun with flowers for everyoneWhere have the flowers gone?Why does Spalding town centre have none?Is it something that we have done?Maybe the council think we won’t noticeAnd as the plant troughs lay idleWe all pass by and think…Where have the flowers gone?Why not plant shrubs and be done!They’ll last a ...

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LETTERS – Cemetery is absolute disgrace

On visiting the graves of my husband’s brothers at Spalding Cemetery, we were met with a total mess. It was very upsetting. It took my husband and I a good hour to bring the graves back to some resemblance. We are shocked that this standard of work seems to be on a regular basis. Please can we have a more ...

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LETTERS – Change of use for centre?

Maybe the council should apply for change of use for the South Holland Centre ie accommodation, HMOs or flats? Less carbon footprint and will generate cash. All new builds and mass development should be put on hold. Any further developments must have in planning applications, solar panels. The rivers are full off rubbish nationwide and it’s an absolute disgrace. This ...

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LETTERS – Does someone have to die?

I had a chance to go to the Tuesday market this week around 11am, entering by walking past the South Holland Centre from Broad Street. As I did I passed a barrier across the road stopping traffic. I had used the local atm when I absent mindedly turned and almost walked into a van. The driver had moved the barrier ...

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LETTERS – Thanks for caravan help

On Saturday, May 7, at 6.20am, I was towing my caravan along Queen’s Road when it decided to part company with my car. A major catastrophe when alone. A few minutes after the incident two extremely kind chaps, who were obviously on their way to work, asked if they could help lift the caravan back onto the car tow bar. ...

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