LETTER: Authorities hide behind ‘perception’ of street drinking but it’s happening

I understand a new scheme aimed at cracking down on street drinking and other anti-social behaviours in Spalding town centre has been launched. A Public Spaces Protection Order [PSPO] has been set up by South Holland District Council and I have seen recent reports that these areas cover St Thomas’s Road north to West Elloe Avenue and from the railway ...

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LETTER: Councils can start saving by getting rid of the deadwood

Well, first of all answering the question: should councils be scrapped across Lincolnshire? My answer would have to be “yes”. If run as a business, over a few years many inside jobs are created for people that aren’t really required, for family members or friends of friends. It happens in most companies. After time they end up running at a loss ...

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LETTER: This is about preventing cavalier closures at medical centres

One feels obliged to respond to the rather vicious and clearly self interested letter (January 26) concerning Beechfield Medical Practice and its intended half day “training” closures. By the content and style of the rather basic “rant”, it is apparent that the writer has some connection and self interest with the surgery given the bias views expressed. Such a pity. ...

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LETTER: I have a couple of questions for cyclists…

With reference to Mr N Bingham’s letter (January 19) concerning what I would like to believe is a minority of cyclists. As a female pedestrian, I have experienced intimidation and bullying by cyclists. I start my day walking my dogs in the “democratically” introduced total blackout. I regularly encounter darkly-clad cyclists without lights or any audible warning. At other times, ...

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LETTER: It’s now safer at night to walk on the road than the footpath

Once again the biggest issue comes up about the switching off of street lighting in Spalding! May I remind the local council that the issue doesn’t finish in Spalding. You ought to send your officials into Donington after midnight especially around Chestnut Avenue/Ash Court etc. It is absolutely pitch black. It is safer to walk home on the road than the ...

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LETTER: Can’t all road users just be a little kinder to each other?

Mr Bingham (Mail, January 19) is absolutely right to criticise poor behaviour by cyclists. We at PEDALS, who strive to provide facilities for cyclists – with great difficulty, given the culture in Lincolnshire that usually favours the motor car user – do not condone any illegal or inconsiderate cycling. However, the headline provided by The Voice is more helpful than the sentence ...

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LETTER: We should be asking residents if they want one fewer council to deal with

Not long ago Lincolnshire County Council decided to reject the devolution plans on offer from central government. Although I voted to accept them as a first, rather small, step towards giving back to local government some of the powers usurped by central governments of all political colours over many decades, I was fully aware of the flaws attached to the ...

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LETTER: Don’t like how medical centre operates? Then leave!

In response to the letter (January 19) regarding the once monthly afternoon closure of Beechfield Medical Centre, has the complainant considered that staff training is essential, not just an afternoon off? The staff who are not working that afternoon will still have to attend, and in some cases arrange childcare, at an extra cost to them. Or, do you suggest ...

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LETTER: Don’t turn off streetlights…just turn to LED

With regards to the decision to turn off the streetlights between midnight and 6am, I was under the impression that this would not affect areas with a significant record of crime in the area, so it is shocking to find that the Wygate estates, which have been targeted again and again for burglaries, are plunged into darkness in the small ...

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LETTER: All these council proposals, yet forge faces closure without support

We understand the potential for saving money by moving the Registry Office to Ayscoughfee. However, people queuing to register a death at the same time as an excited family are starting a tour of the museum I can see may cause problems. But I guess it will mean the museum will be open all week again. I hope the second ...

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LETTER: Our thanks for your donations to Santa’s Rotary Club sleigh

Members of The Rotary Club of South Holland and friends who helped Santa on his rounds in Spalding during December would like to thank everyone who supported us or donated to our fund. Thanks also go to sponsors of the sleigh operation: Sedge Homes and Oasis Whirlpools and Spas. We are delighted with the final result of more than £12,000 ...

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LETTER: Dear medical centre, please don’t close for staff training

We have today sent this blank fax to Beechfield Medical Centre regarding their intent to close every last Tuesday afternoon and evening in the month for supposed staff training. With our Prime Minister highlighting the need for a seven day a week service this practice seems to think it can further reduce its openness to patients. Dear Beechfield Medical Centre, ...

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LETTER: Come on councillors, oppose this unnecessary housing plan

With reference to the article in The Voice (Jan 5) regarding the proposed 78-house development planning application by Woodgate Farms. I am at a bit of a loss as to whose side Coun Poll is on. It’s a bit like the pantomime. Is he for it? Oh no he isn’t. Oh yes he is. Having lived in this village for ...

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LETTER: I stand by my reckoning on Brexit

Just a quick response to the letters criticising my earlier one on Brexit. Mr Hammersley claims that I used “the old strategy” of confusing statistics in producing my figures. I stand by exactly what I said, which ought not to confuse anyone unless they read it carelessly. I made clear that a modest majority of those who voted did vote ...

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LETTER: Cyclists are a menace who need putting back in their place

With reference to cyclists being caught up in hit-and-run incidents over Christmas and the new year. What the drivers who left the scene did was wrong and they should be caught and prosecuted for that reason. However, every day cyclists are breaking the law far more frequently than drivers. Part of the frustration for drivers is you do not know ...

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LETTER: County councillors must review housing allocation for South Holland

Louise Chapman’s article (Voice, January 5) regarding a planning application for a large development at Moulton Chapel highlights once again how the control of the planning system has spiralled out of the hands of the council and is in freefall. The Government recently announced that a number of new villages were to be built around the country, one being on ...

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LETTER: Is travellers’ site expense justifiable?

How lovely that there is going to be a beautiful marina in Sutton Bridge to look forward to visit. However, once the fish canning factory opens in Sutton Bridge, it may not be as pleasant. Or coming across the “temporary gypsy site” (sorry travellers), also in Sutton Bridge (Voice, December 22). How on earth can the council justify this expense ...

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LETTER: Did I hit a raw nerve over EU?

In response to John Tippler and Jordan Swallow of Spalding (Mail, January 5). With your superior knowledge and insight into the workings of the government machine, perhaps you would like to educate me further? I think not! All that you have written has already been covered in one shape or form by the media. I, like many others, voted to ...

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LETTER: EU referendum akin to a survey? I think not

I read with interest the two letters and New Year message in (Mail, January 5) relating to Brexit. In his New Year message Mr Rodney Sadd made some good points but his claim that it is ‘vital to retain access to the Single Market’ is a bit optimistic. Obviously the UK Government would like to retain access to this market ...

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LETTER: Thank you from Spalding firefighters

The firefighters from Spalding Fire Station would like to say a massive thank you to all the people of Spalding who gave so generously to The Firefighters’ Charity when we accompanied Santa in his visits just before Christmas. We made five collections between December 14 and December 11 and raised a total of £1,257.96. We would also like to thank ...

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