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Surfleet homes plan refused

Plans to build 75 homes in Surfleet have been refused with councillors stating most of the site is outside the boundary of the village. Part of the site intended to be accessed off Sunnydale Close already had planning permission for 26 homes, but Ashwood Homes wants to build nearly three times as many on a larger site. However councillors on ...

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Decision deferred on plans to build 150 homes in Weston branded ‘absolutely ludicrous’

A decision has been deferred on plans to build 150 homes in Weston of which parts were branded ‘ludicrous’ ‘absolutely hideous’ and ‘dross’ by councillors. South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee wants Persimmon Homes to look again at its plans for the site off High Road which had been allocated for 135 homes in the South East Lincolnshire local plan ...

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Tell us what the next stage is for theatre

More than 150 years of live performances by a Spalding group could come to an end if the South Holland Centre no longer supports shows. The stark warning came in a week when a public support event has been held in solidarity with redundancies at the centre and its been revealed three merging councils could “explore a single partnership for ...

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Waste centres could use number plate system – but seven day opening ‘unlikely’

Number plate recognition could be brought in at Lincolnshire’s waste sites including the one in Spalding, as its likely to be too costly to open the doors seven days a week, it’s been claimed. While the tips have CCTV, Lincolnshire County Council is looking at automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) which could be used to stop others from outside the ...

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South Holland Centre users set to stage show of support for its staff amid calls for greater transparency on theatre’s future

Community arts groups and other organisations will unite at the South Holland Centre on Thursday to call for clarity on the future of live entertainment and functions at the venue. The only professionally equipped arts venue in the district is set to reopen for cinema screenings on Thursday, July 22. South Holland District Council, which owns the venue, says it ...

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Shortage of bin lorry drivers

Waste collections in South Holland are being put under strain by a shortage of bin lorry drivers. The district council says it has had to find other employees with an HGV licence so as not to miss a collection due to the national shortage. The reason for the shortfall of 60,000 drivers across the country has included Brexit, a lack ...

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Drivers warned over tip queues

Spalding’s Waste Recycling Centre will close when busiest if drivers queue along the A16 to get in, operators have warned with a controversial booking system to be dumped on September 1. The West Marsh Road site was described as ‘a thorn in the side’ of the council as in the past police have had to be called when traffic backs ...

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Council has to repay care cost for more than 1,500

Lincolnshire County Council faces a £500,000 bill after wrongly charging people seeking short-term residential care. A report from the Ombudsman found the local authority was not adhering to the Care Act 2014 and people had suffered financially as a result. The county council was using a flat-fee system of payment for short-term residential care, without a financial assessment of those ...

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Large developments in South Holland villages recommended for approval

Applications for large housing estates totalling 225 homes in two South Holland villages have been recommended for approval. Full applications to build 150 homes off High Road in Weston and 75 homes accessed from Sunnydale Crescent in Surfleet are before South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee next week. Both are on sites where previous planning applications have been granted. The ...

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Fears over future of live theatre

The future of live productions at a Spalding theatre is being questioned after a raft of role redundancies, including technical and operational staff. South Holland District Council announced that the centre is to re-open via the social media network Facebook – and that was the first time staff had heard anything about it said an employee. According to a member ...

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Bloom group says its to close

Holbeach In Bloom has put out an announcement saying this is the last year it will be providing flowers for the town – however it’s also been claimed the group could continue in some form. The group’s Graham Rudkin had previously said he was considering standing down from the group after he and wife Carol left the town’s parish council ...

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Booking system at tips to end on September 1

The system of having to book a slot at Lincolnshire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres, including at the West Marsh Road site in Spalding, is to end on September 1. The permit scheme for vans and larger trailers will remain a council spokesman said. The measures were brought in following the sites reopening after the first COVID-19 lockdown. It’s ...

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Closure of bridge delayed

The closure of Two Plank Bridge and its connecting footpath fare have been delayed. The works, which the public has been warned could last up to 18 months, had been due to start on Saturday July 17. It’s not clear when the work will now start. Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “After meeting with the local MP and ...

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Waste food ‘almost certain’ to be collected by 2024

A weekly collection of food waste looks set to be on the cards after local authorities backed a bid to bring it in from at least 2024. The Lincolnshire Waste Partnership, which both South Holland District Council and Lincolnshire County Council are a part of, has offered its support to the government proposal which it says is ‘almost certain’ to ...

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Approval set for new ‘hub’ in Holbeach

A new hub for agri-businesses in South Holland is set to move a step closer next week. Plans for the managed workspace on the Food Enterprise Zone are set to be discussed at a meeting of Lincolnshire County Council’s Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday. The report recommends formal approval to build the workspace building, called the Hub, on ...

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Parish council’s plea to public over Long Sutton market consultation

Long Sutton residents are being encouraged to respond to a consultation on the area’s markets. The future of the town’s market and a proposed Market Traders Handbook are being considered by South Holland District Council, which has asked for people’s views. Long Sutton Parish Council has spoken to stall holders in the town who have voiced their concerns that if ...

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Councillors recommended to dump booking system for tips

The booking system at Lincolnshire County Council’s tips, including the one in Spalding, looks set to end. Lincolnshire County Council is recommending that councillors vote to stop the measure at its Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC), a report to its Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee which meets next week. In total 24,558 tonnes of waste has been collected across the ...

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Gosberton scheme part of flood prevention drive

A repaired drainage scheme in Gosberton is one of £2.2m projects Lincolnshire County Council says its spending on flooding problems. The authority says nine schemes have been completed and 24 are in progress as part of the drive. Coun Colin Davie, executive member for environment at Lincolnshire County Council, explains: “Back in February, we agreed a £2.2million investment in drainage ...

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A151 set to be closed for four weeks

The A151 at Pode Hole is set to be closed for around a month from July 26 to finish long-awaited repair works. Temporary lights have been in place since last November with Anglian Water having been taking on works in the past few weeks. But Lincolnshire County Council say the road needs to be closed between the Crown Hall Farm ...

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Pub’s plea over market layout

The new owner of a Spalding pub says he’s working with the district council in a bid to allow outdoor trading. Jeremy Powell and the Red Lion have embraced a government push to create a ‘cafe culture’ by purchasing tables, chairs and coverings so that people can enjoy a drink in the town centre. But because of where Spalding Market ...

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