Council

South Holland Centre launches survey ahead of reopening

A survey has been launched to get the public’s views on returning to the South Holland Centre and what events it should be looking to put on. An invitation to the South Holland Centre Customer and Stakeholder Survey has been emailed to customers. The closing date for submissions is next Thursday (May 20). As reported in this weeks issue of The ...

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First gigs for South Holland Centre

Spalding’s South Holland Centre is set to re-open with a gig by comedian and actor Omid Djalili on October 1. A gig scheduled for June 10 with the Joy Ellis Quartet has been moved to October and another with Ruby Turner will now be next year. But it is hoped the centre, closed for more than a year, could open ...

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Conservatives retain Lincolnshire County Council amid successes for South Holland Independents

The Conservatives have held Lincolnshire County Council after last week’s election, while there were some impressive results for South Holland Independents. The Tory party won 54 of the 70 seats in total, four down from the previous elections in 2016, and six of the nine wards up for grabs in this district. Those three were claimed by the newly formed ...

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New chair’s vow to parishioners

The new chair of Holbeach Parish Council says he is looking to ensure that parishioners’ voices are heard. Stephen Johnson was unanimously supported to lead the council at last week’s meeting, following Coun Graham Rudkin’s resignation. The vice chair will be Coun Sophie Hutchinson, who edged out Coun John Spencer, the previous post-holder, following a vote by councillors. At the ...

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Application to change village pub into dwelling refused

Holbeach St Johns residents’ bidding to keep their nearly 200-year-old pub open have received a significant boost after planning officers refused an application to change it into a home. The owner of the The Plough on Jekills Bank, Ian Osborn, took over the establishment last July but said he couldn’t financially afford to open it. The application caused condemnation from ...

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Flats plan thrown out after appeal

A bid to build a block of flats in the Spalding conservation area has been thrown out following an appeal by the applicant. Last October South Holland District Council planning officers rejected the plan to build five flats, two single storey dwellings and one 1.5 storey dwelling on the site of 59 Westlode Street. The authority said the development would ...

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New try for 5G masts in town

Plans for two 5G phone masts in Spalding have been resubmitted days after they were refused. The masts, on Wygate Park and Birch Grove, have been reduced in height to 15m for both sites. A meeting of South Holland District Council’s planning committee rejected the applications at a meeting on April 14. The original proposals saw the Wygate Park mast ...

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Flouting town’s rules could cost you £50

Fines of £50 could be imposed for unauthorised parking and out of control dogs in Long Sutton. The parish council has established that legally it can impose a fine under bylaws for both unauthorised parking and not having dogs under control. A new security company has been employed by the council in a bid to crack down on vandalism, particularly ...

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Council to extend paid role as link ends

The consultant brought in to oversee South Holland District Council’s separation with Breckland, which officially ended this week, is to be kept on by the authority. Nathan Elvery (pictured) was officially appointed as the part-time head of paid service for both authorities in October with his contact due to have ended at the end of April. His appointment was controversial ...

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Tasty idea as Holbeach parks survey goes live

Takeaway food vans could be allowed in Holbeach’s parks this summer as responses to a survey on what young people would like in the town begin to come in. The town’s parish council is consulting with residents over what they’d like to see in the likes of Carter’s Park and Netherfields. A survey has been launched online and is set ...

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Decision on dog training centre plan pawsed

A decision on a woman’s bid to build a dog training centre between Gosberton, Surfleet and Pinchbeck has been deferred amid an issue over land ownership. Atomic Dog Training previously had an application refused by planning officers for the site off Gubbole’s Drove but a smaller resubmitted application had been recommended to be granted permission. However last week South Holland ...

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Plans for a new village hall alongside 120 homes in Deeping St Nicholas given green light

A new village hall for Deeping St Nicholas is set to be built alongside 120 homes. South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee granted outline permission for the site at Home Farm which has been subject to several successful applications for up to 135 homes in the past few years. Building a village hall has previously been in some of the ...

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Council’s apology over transparency

A parish council has apologised for ‘not being as transparent as we’d like to be’ while pledging to improve its area in the future. Holbeach Parish Council has received criticism after The Voice revealed in December it had made two payments totalling over £27,000 to recipients whose names were blanked out in financial documents. The council also entered into a ...

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Counterfeit stamps hit election candidate

A candidate in the local elections has apologised after the stamps he used to post campaign details turned out to be counterfeit. Nigel Pepper bought the stamps online during the last lockdown when he didn’t want to go to a shop.He used some of them to post out his election canvassing details over the last few days without realising what ...

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Spalding shop refused alcohol licence

A Spalding shop has been refused permission to sell alcohol after owners were unable to prove they have moved on from historic failings. On Thursday (April 22) South Holland District Council’s Panel of the Committee of the Licensing Authority rejected Global Foods’ application for a Premises Licence to sell alcohol. Global Foods, based on Winsover Road, had applied for the ...

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Council tax bill error for town residents

Council Tax bills have had to be sent out again in Spalding after an error was spotted which cost £5,713. Residents in the town were re-sent their bills for this year to correct an error in the calculation which was in the first version.“Following the mailing of annual council tax bills in March, we became aware of a calculation error ...

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Police object to alcohol licence

An application to sell alcohol in a Spalding store has hit massive opposition from the police. Members of South Holland District Council’s licensing committee will discuss the application for Global Foods, Winsover Road, at a meeting on Thursday.But the police are recommending refusal as the premises and the applicant ‘has a history with regards to licensing.’Officers attended the shop in ...

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Teens to be asked about town parks as improvement ideas mooted

Holbeach Parish Council is to ask teenagers what facilities could be created for them in the town’s open spaces. The authority is set to launch both online and physical surveys to gauge what could help young people, particularly with regards to its open spaces such as Carter’s Park. It was proposed at last week’s parish council to engage with teenagers ...

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Plans for two 5G masts refused

Applications for two masts to bring 5G phone signal to Spalding have both been refused by councillors. South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee had been recommended to refuse a 20 metre high pole and associated workings on the corner of Claudette Avenue and Wygate Park, but accept the 18m application at the Birch Grove and Matmore Gate junction. Planning officers ...

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Vandals cause bridge to be closed

Vandals have caused a bridge between Spalding and Pinchbeck to be closed. Two Plank Footbridge had a handrail broken off and thrown into Vernatt’s Drain earlier this week. Now Lincolnshire County Council, which oversees the bridge, has closed it ahead of a temporary repair. The bridge is due to be fully dissembled and replaced with a more substantial structure as ...

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