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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Spalding guitarist remembered

Tributes have been paid to a Spalding-based guitarist who passed away recently. Ray Fenwick was best know as the guitarist in The Spencer Davis Group from 1967 to 1969 and The Ian Gillan Band with the former Deep Purple vocalist from 1975 to 1978. He played with a host other band, including The Syndicats in the early 1960s, and was ...

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LETTERS – Why weren’t we invited?

I worked as a police officer at Holbeach Police Station for 12 years and found out recently that there had been an opening ceremony for the new police station. Why didn’t anyone consider inviting the officers and staff who used to work there? When you retire or move away you are just forgotten. Retirement is a big change in your ...

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LETTERS – Looking for sister-in-law Sheila

Please could anyone help me trace the whereabouts of my sister-in-law Mrs Sheila Gedney. The last address I have for her is 4 Belvedere Close, Spalding, PE11 2LT. Please could you contact me at surfleet@gmail.com if you have any information.Lewis Watsonvia email

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LETTERS – These issues will not go away

The UK state pension is one of the worst in Europe providing just 58 per cent of previous earnings from work, below the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) average of 62 per cent. Those people who have to rely on the pension as a main or only source of income are facing a very bleak financial future. There ...

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LETTERS – Partygate: Time to move on

There is a sense of deja vue with our present parliament. Very similar to the dying days of the May administration. We have an overreaching Mr Speaker. We have the opposition parties obsessing about – one topic – this time Partygate. All this venom orchestrated by Mr Starmer who was actually photographed drinking in a ‘gathering’ but not castigated by ...

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LETTERS – Netflix fall is down to Harry and Meghan

I read of the dramatic fall in Netflix shares recently. The fall is being attributed to the shenanigans with its major share holder one Elon Musk. I wish to offer another explanation. I suspect it’s more about their contract with Harry and Meghan. Both of whom are trying hard to maintain their ‘royal’ connections being the main commodity they have ...

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LETTERS – Lucky to have Sir John

So good to see excellent local MP Sir John Hayes highlighting World Parkinson’s Day this week, and good to see his support for those suffering from a disease which affects so many people in Lincolnshire and worldwide. Many members of Parliament are more concerned with party political knock-about and personal attacks than they are in campaigning for those in need. ...

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LETTERS – Sir John is widely appreciated

When reading the latest issue of The Voice I came across a letter by Nicolas De Jong which I felt was unbalanced about the Prime Minister and deeply unfair. Boris Johnson has led this country’s response to the biggest crisis in Europe since the fall of Berlin in 1945, and has been widely praised for doing so, particularly by leaders ...

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LETTERS – Fountain needs a referendum

It amazes me that we can spend half a million pounds on signs to get us to higher ground, ie the red and white signs that grace our road verges, yet we cannot afford to put a magnificent piece of architecture as our water fountain back in working order in its pride of place, the centre of town, or is ...

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LETTERS – No budget help for pensioners

I’m a pensioner. Hardly anything the government has announced to deal with the cost of living crisis will benefit me. A minimal increase in pension, despite inflation already at 6.2 per cent. Being retired I don’t pay National Insurance, so no benefit there. But I’m at home all day and my electricity went up yesterday from 20p per kWh to ...

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LETTERS – Fountain should be memorial

So it would seem that the council will go to any lengths to prevent the return of the fountain to its rightful place, despite what the town wants. The reason given is that the buildings surround it have been torn down and replaced. It should be noted that the buildings were destroyed by Hitler’s bombs and on that devastating night ...

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LETTERS – No budget help for pensioners

The National Pensioner’s Convention has condemned Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spring budget for doing nothing for pensioners struggling with record inflation. On the day inflation hit 6.2 per cent (ONS) – the highest rate for 30 years – the Chancellor failed to announce any relief for pensioners who will only receive a 3.1 per cent rise in their basic state pension ...

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LETTERS – Response has been a disgrace

The response to the plight of Ukrainian refugees by this government has been an absolute disgrace.Passed from pillar to post and often country to country in search of the necessary paperwork, forced to fill in a fifty page visa document for ‘security reasons’. What security checks were carried out on the 28,000 who crossed the channel last year with no ...

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LETTERS – Thanks to everyone who gave

For the past two weeks the St Thomas Project centre on St Thomas’s Road, Spalding, has been open to receive donations of items to be sent to help the Ukrainian people, whether in their homeland or in those countries which have opened their doors to the many refugees. We managed to fill a transit van and still needed to make ...

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LETTER: Councils are both wrong

I have read in The Voice that SHDC planning department are contesting a non change of use application for a caravan site at Sutton St James.Perhaps the person who owns the land might be interested to know that Holbeach Parish Council opened a dog exercise pen on Park Road without submitting a change of use application, without any follow up ...

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