Council

Final plans submitted for Castle Sports Complex revamp

A planning application for Spalding’s new swimming pool and leisure centre has been submitted. The £26m project has been validated and will be assessed by planning officers at South Holland District Council. Work should get under way in the winter with the main building of the Health and Wellbeing Hub open for the summer of 2026. A second phase, including ...

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Council’s claim over April ‘blitz

Lincolnshire County Council says it filled more than 7,000 potholes last year. The authority says the 7,097 fixes are part of a ‘pothole blitz’ and a ‘pledge to continue its huge road improvement work across the county’.It also says during April it repaired 28 footpaths and resurfaced 26 roads.Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “When we made the ...

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Crackdown on sub-letting

A crackdown on people sub-letting their council house has been announced.The South and East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership, of which South Holland District Council is part, said it was doing so after a person was found to be not living in the council home they were allocated, and instead accepting cash for someone else to be there.It’s not said where or ...

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New chairman at county hall

Coun Eddie Strengiel has been elected as the new Chairman of Lincolnshire County Council. Coun Strengiel, who served as the 798th Mayor of Lincoln over 20 years ago, officially assumed the role during the council’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) last Friday, alongside Coun William Gray, who was elected as vice chairman.The representative for the Birchwood division served as Vice Chairman ...

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Area could miss out on benefits

South Holland might miss out on financial benefits provided for new energy structures, even if most infrastructure is in the district. There are currently a host of plans for renewable power generated in the North Sea to feed into The National Grid system at a proposed new substation at Weston Marsh.But while there’s rate relief incentives around the projects, they ...

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Vow to keep funding pressure up

South Holland District Council is still waiting for the money it was promised from central government for drainage boards.The authority’s new deputy leader Paul Redgate, head of the national group set up to lobby on matters relating to drainage funds, said he will continue to push for it and a long term solution.Responding to a question from Coun Chris Brewis ...

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Wheelie bins on the way?

The wheelie bin debate is set to take centre stage once again when consultation is carried out in South Holland.Changes to the law mean waste food will have to be collected, and would be a good time to change the system entirely.South Holland’s partner councils, South Kesteven and East Lindsey, both already use a wheelie bin system for both black ...

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Changes at the top for council

South Holland District Council has a busy year ahead which should see some major schemes well under way. As council leader Nick Worth marks a year since taking over the role, it’s the coming 12 months which should see some real changes in the district.Praising his colleagues, Coun Worth (pictured) said it had been a busy year which had set ...

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Town board to buy old hospital?

The future of a Spalding eyesore could be secure with the creation of a town board with a £20m budget. The old Johnson Hospital has been derelict since it closed its doors in 2009 and was sold-off to a private company.There has been an endless round of calls for steps to be taken to redevelop the site.But the creation of ...

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Council paid over £50,000 to ex-staff

Holbeach Parish Council has given out more than £55,000 in compensation payments in recent years. A member of the council confronted colleagues about a ‘bullying culture’ she described as affecting her mental health at its meeting this week.Following a Freedom Of Information request submitted by this paper, the authority has admitted it paid out a total of £55,745.02 to five ...

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Orchards bloom with energy grant

Two new community orchards have been created in South Holland. As part of a ‘Growing the Network’ project trees have been planted in Moulton Seas End Playing Field and off Cowley Road in Donington.It follows a grant from a Sussex company appointed to refit local council homes.Osborne Energy was appointed to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. It worked ...

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Permission for CCTV and drain given

Ayscoughfee Hall is set to have CCTV installed and new drains put around the war memorial. South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee last week granted approval for the listed building alterations.The drain for the war memorial was initially suggested as part of a 2019 survey.Coun Elizabeth Sneath said: “We often call Ayscoughfee the jewels in our crown. It’s an overused ...

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Vote for top market trader

Shoppers can once again vote for their favourite market trader amid plans to attract new stalls. South Holland District Council is taking part in The National Association of British Market Authorities ‘Love Your Local Market’ campaign from Friday, May 17 to Sunday, June 1.The campaign is a celebration of the important role the markets play within local communities, and to ...

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County council rallies against ‘Industrialisation of Lincolnshire’

Lincolnshire County Council has said it will fight new energy plans which it says will be ‘the industrialisation of Lincolnshire’. The authority has already spoken out about National Grid’s plans for the 140km overhead power lines from Grimsby to North East Lincolnshire.Now it’s also spoken out about plans to have offshore wind farm power come into the county via underground ...

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Closure of part of Wardentree Lane for eight weeks announced as works start on A16 junction at Pinchbeck

Part of Wardentree Lane at Pinchbeck is set to be closed for eight weeks from July 15 as part of Levelling Up works on its junction with the A16 which started today (Monday). Lincolnshire County Council delayed starting work on the scheme for Saturday’s Spalding Flower Parade due to it is also continuing to work on the next roundabout south ...

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Plan for holiday park and Japanese water garden in Tydd Gote refused

Plans for holiday lodges and a yoga retreat in a South Holland village have been refused by planners. The application will see five new lodges, a retreat studio and a Japanese-style water garden on agricultural land in Tydd Gote. Members of South Holland District Council’s planning committee discussed the plans at a meeting yesterday (Wednesday). Despite a range of objections ...

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Mark to stand in Angela’s memory

Local councillor and nurse Mark Le Sage has announced he is to stand as an Independent candidate in the forthcoming General Election. Mark, who announced his intention to stand at a low key press conference held at Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Gardens on Tuesday, said he is doing so in memory of late Independent councillor Angela Newton.Mark said: “Angela was the one ...

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Grant just the ticket for festival

The Spalding Festival and a network of food businesses are the latest to get new government grants. UK Shared Prosperity And Rural Prosperity Grassroots funds are being shared with both causes in addition to those handed out this week.The Spalding Festival returns from Friday May 24 and Sunday May 28 at the Castle Sports Field.Its run by the Spalding Round ...

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Conference for arts groups

A new South and East Lincolnshire Cultural Conference is to take place this month. It’s being put on by the South and East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership, which South Holland District Council is a part of, alongside Boston and East Lindsey councils.The aim of the conference at Boston’s Blackfriars Theatre on Wednesday, May 22 is to give ‘arts and heritage organisations ...

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Action already on town’s buses

Improvements to Spalding’s bus services have already been ‘done’ it’s been claimed, after a councillor asked why the town had not been included in a new scheme. As reported last week, Lincolnshire County Council is rolling out its Lincolnshire Bus Improvement Plan.It includes a pledge to spend £2.4m to enhance its IntoTown network described as ‘relatively short urban bus services ...

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