Council

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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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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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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Electric waste lorries for district a possibility, but not yet

More environmentally friendly electricity powered bin lorries aren’t set to come to South Holland yet, but it’s something being looked into, a meeting heard. South Holland District Council, which officially signed off a climate change strategy with its partners in the South and East Lincolnshire Local Partnership recently, is looking into how much it could cost to replace the fleet ...

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A16 back open following lorry fire that melted road after ‘Herculean’ effort

The A16 at Crowland opened ahead of schedule last night (Sunday) after Thursday’s lorry fire melted the road. Lincolnshire County Council worked through the weekend to get the road repaired after the dramatic incident. A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council said: “Expert road crews worked tirelessly to get the road back open after huge lorry fire that melted the road ...

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New homes set for approval

Permission for more than 250 new homes in South Holland looks likely to be granted at a district council meeting next week. A number of applications are due to be discussed by members of the planning committee and, if the recommendations given are agreed, the new homes will be given the green light. They include 185 in Holbeach at Battlefields ...

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Claim that South Holland Centre build was ‘shoddy’ as task group delivers verdict

‘Shoddy’ workmanship means the South Holland Centre will never be profitable, a councillor has claimed but others disagree and it was unanimously agreed it should still be supported. Coun Jack Tyrrell said it was a ‘bad building’ at a meeting to discuss the findings of a task group set up to examine the future of the Spalding arts venue. He’s ...

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Concern money going out of area

Concerns have been raised that money which could be kept in South Holland is being awarded to contractors outside the district. At a recent meeting of South Holland District Council’s Executive, it was revealed that a £7.2m project to make council homes in the area more energy efficient is to go to an outside contractor. And Coun Angela Newton used ...

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Group set up for climate strategy

An action group is to be set up in South Lincolnshire as part of a new Climate Change Strategy for the area. The South and East Lincolnshire Local Partnership of which South Holland District is a part, has officially signed off what it calls a Strategic Action Plan. It includes the setting up of a South and East Lincolnshire Climate ...

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Video aims to attract carers

A new video has been launched as part of a bid to get more people into the care profession. Lincolnshire County Council’s It’s Not A Job campaign was launched earlier this year. The new emotive short film depicts a day in the life of two carers, Kai Wade (21) and Gina Bennett (45). A spokesman for the council said: “The ...

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County council give update on Boston Road South

An update on the works to Boston Road South in Holbeach has been issued. Lincolnshire County Council says it has finished its investigations and “preparing a plan” for the road that’s been the subject of numerous collapses over the last two years. Anglian Water are continuing its investigations. A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council said: “The council has now completed ...

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Restaurant ‘red flags’ missed

Potential problems with a restaurant working out of the South Holland Centre should have been ‘red flagged,’ according to a report. Members of a task force established to take a close look at the centre had a ‘disappointing shock’ to accidentally discover the sudden closure of the Italian restaurant. Members of the panel said that senior offices ‘appeared to not ...

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Let South Holland Centre staff ‘get on with it’

Contents of a damning report into Spalding’s South Holland Centre proved to be no surprise to many of the district’s residents. The report presented to members of South Holland District Council this week outlined key areas for improvement. A task group created a list of areas which, it said, needed overhauling to make the centre more cost-effective and a greater ...

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No street lights on new estates

Street lights will no longer have to be put on new housing estates built in South Holland. Developers would have to pay a ‘commuted sum’ if they wanted to include non-highway, footway or place marking lighting on new builds with Lincolnshire County Council set to change its street lighting policy. A meeting of its Highways and Transport Scrutiny Committee voted ...

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Committee will decide on whether to impose waiting restriction on Pinchbeck Road

A council committee will decide whether to implement a no waiting zone on a Pinchbeck road. It’s been requested for Edison Court, off Wardentree Lane, but nine objections have been received arguing people are using the businesses there. Creating limited waiting zones in response is part of the recommendations that will go before Lincolnshire County Council’s Planning and Regulation Committee ...

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Street art bid not black and white for some councillors

Calls to create legal street art to brighten Swan Street have been made policy as it was passed by cabinet councillors – but only just. South Holland district councillors have for a number of months been preparing a policy to create the art in approved locations in the district. But at a meeting of its Executive last week, made up ...

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Temporary traffic lights set for centre of Long Sutton as crossing to be replaced

Temporary traffic lights are set to be installed in Long Sutton’s High Street to improve a pedestrian crossing. Lincolnshire County Council is to carry out the works from May 10 to May 27. A spokesman for the authority, said: “Work scheduled on busy crossing to upgrade equipment from May 10  “With current pedestrian signal equipment at High Street, Long Sutton ...

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