LETTERS – Remember beet factory?

Sometimes I have heard people say that Spalding used to be a nice place but it isn’t as nice as it was. Sadly, the speaker often means that he or she moved to Spalding, legally, for above-board financial reasons and now begrudges other people moving in, legally, for above-board financial reasons. I am not sure that Spalding was ever a ...

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LETTERS – Survival of Conservatives

Boris claims to be close to a deal. This appears to be a cunning plan to win the GE by pretending May’s surrender treaty with minor NI cosmetic changes is Brexit It’s not about freedom from the EU but the survival of the Conservative party with Boris remaining PM. I guess it’s just possible the Remainers in the Commons will ...

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LETTERS – Damage of a no deal

While the government is trying to keep the public in the dark about the true impact of a no-deal Brexit, according to the TUC, a new report sets out the devastating cost that crashing out of the EU would have on jobs, workers rights and livelihoods. It also reveals the damage a no-deal would cause to the public services and ...

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LETTERS – Where has lamp gone?

It has come to my attention via social media that the lamp standard which was positioned outside the old Johnson Hospital and possibly dates back to the hospital’s construction or thereabouts was recently hit by a vehicle causing the lamp standard and mounting plinth considerable damage, at this point in time it is not known what has happened to the ...

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LETTERS – Shouldn’t have to tidy

I read the article in The Voice dated October 10 about the litter problem. We live in Hospital Drove, Little Sutton, and there is a well used lay-by opposite our house. We often go over to the lay-by with a litter picker, gloves and a wheelbarrow and pick up the litter which is left there. It usually consists of tins, ...

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LETTERS – Wonderful choir

Dear residents of Spalding and district, we have now had five wonderful sessions of the Spalding Community Choir led by the enthusiastic, talented and amusing Zeph Churchill. We meet at the Methodist Church, Broad Street, Spalding every Saturday from 2pm until 4pm (with a social break for tea/coffee). There are usually 50/60 singers – men and women, young and old ...

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LETTER: SHDC acts quickly to clear mess

Mr Thackray refers to fly tipping on a large scale as he mentions the illegal disposal of white goods but also less pleasant items.Over the past six weeks in Holbeach we have suffered the removal of black plastic bin bags the night before collection day which are then taken to an alleyway and set on fire. This leaves a rather ...

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LETTER: Thank you to everyone who took part in the Pride Awards

I would like to thank everyone who took part in Pride of South Holland Awards this year.  Without the nominees and sponsors we simply couldn’t have done it without you.Firstly a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, without whom, none of this would have been possible. Coun Harry Drury, Rob Gibson, Manzur Hassan, Glynis Scalese, Elizabeth Sneath, Gary ...

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LETTER: Pride Awards was marvellous

The Pride of South Holland event was a marvellous celebration of the many wonderful people who live, work and volunteer in South Holland. This year’s event was made even more special by the amazing 89-year-old celebrity guest, Colin Thackery who sang to the enthralled audience. Well done to Jan Whitbourn for all her hard work, it all came together beautifully ...

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LETTERS – Fly-tipping: Does anyone care?

I cycled past the bridal path between the River Welland and the Applegreen exit road north side of the bypass and am unsure how long this serious fly tipping has been here. Looks like a business, not lazy individuals, again within yards of the main road just down the bridal path. Several dozen must pass this mess daily but obviously ...

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LETTERS – Contempt for good manners

Readers will by now have drawn their own conclusions regarding the behaviour of the Prime Minister in the House of Commons last week. For my part I felt that it was a disgraceful display of rabble rousing and a demonstration of contempt for good manners. What also disturbs me is the response of several MPs who leapt to their feet ...

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LETTERS – What’s the real cost of living?

As the Brexit shambles continues to roll on, the uncertainty for the many not the few is a true concern now. I note the latest RPI figure shows inflation running at 2.6 per cent. During the later part of September the UK Government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the latest retail price index (RPI) figure. It shows that prices ...

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LETTERS – SHDC appointed contractors

Relationships can be difficult. Be it family, friends, relationships or business relations. It is with some surprise that SHDC are going to issue a schedule of dilapidations to 1Life the former contract holder for the Castle pool and other leisure facilities. Surely this is shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted? Let’s not forget SHDC appointed these contractors ...

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LETTERS – Made complaints over centre

I would like to take issue with a few points that were made by the council in the article ‘Legal action over leisure facilities’. For a number of years during the tenure of 1Life at the Castle Sports we have had cause to complain about the state of the centre, in particular the floor in the sports hall, the changing ...

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LETTERS – Last True Home – a poem

Farewell to Screaming Alice, you’ve been my only home. Born upon your manor, not too far did I roam. Thus I’d stayed for 60 years, always quite content Nothing much to stir me, Crystal Palace: Heaven sent. Spent my life believing, Great North Wood ruled supreme. With all it had in easy reach, wouldn’t need another dream. But many jewels ...

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LETTERS – No more roundabouts on A16

I use the A16 Crowland bypass (death junction)section of road ten times a week and more. We definitely do not need another roundabout. Further calming measures would help considerably. Bring the speed limit down (40mph) and put extra cameras up. Surely we could stretch the purse strings to that? Driving 30mph through Cowbit for quite a long stretch seems to ...

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LETTERS – Ignore the mobile phone while driving

With road safety high on the local agenda again and being a regular user of the local rural roads I have travelled thousands of miles to and from work over the years and lost friends and work colleagues as a result of a RTA. Yes our roads in rural Lincolnshire are not the best and road layouts can be confusing ...

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LETTERS – No-one responds on fly-tips

Just reading your article regarding Fly Tip Removal Behind Targets, as you can see, the reason fly tipping reports are down, is because no one even responds to you from the council. I have been reporting for several years and cleaning it up ourselves but we get fed up of reporting it because no one sorts it out If we ...

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LETTERS – Don’t hear the barking at dog run

I see Mr G Smith has again written to raise objections to the dog exercise area in Holbeach and I would like to respond to his two main points. I agree with him that keeping the far gate locked is not a sensible move, although not only for the reasons that Mr Smith sets out. I feel it is dangerous ...

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LETTERS – Water taxi is an inspiration

As a young, up-and-coming photographer in the Spalding area, I spent a day with Alwyn, one of the Spalding Water Taxi Pilots. It was a fascinating experience. In the Spalding Water Taxi, you can seek some amazing views, especially on a bright and sunlit day. You can also see some historic buildings and infrastructure on this magnificent journey to Springfields ...

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