Council

Ideas to help town bloom once again

Former Tulip Parade floats could return to Spalding town centre as the town’s In Bloom scheme is back and looking to enter the national competition again. Spalding won gold in the Large Town category every year from 2014 to 2018 but didn’t enter last year. Whether Spalding enters this year depends on what reaction organisers get from businesses and community ...

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Pinchbeck homes recommended for approval

Plans to build 63 new homes off Surfleet Road in Pinchbeck are recommended to be given the thumbs up. The application for the homes south of Green Lane and east of Bacons Lane lies just outside the stated boundaries for Pinchbec. However Pinchbeck Parish Council supports the proposal on condition a Section 106 planning agreement is signed that will see ...

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Just one village requests any street lights to be switched back on all night

Pinchbeck is the only village in Lincolnshire to request a reversal of some of its street lights being switched off overnight. Pinchbeck Parish Council’s request for four lights to be kept on all night will go ahead “as part of routine maintenance in the financial year 2020/21”. Lincolnshire County Council’s Part Night Street Lighting Scrutiny Review recommended councils be allowed ...

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Road collapses for second time

One of the main routes into Holbeach looks set to be closed for some time after part of the road collapsed for the second time in a year. Boston Road South is closed between the junction with Cecil Pywell Avenue and Holbeach Primary Academy after the collapse on Sunday. Traffic problems have heightened around the town with maintenance work also ...

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Plans to increase market stall charges are shelved

Plans to increase what it costs to have a table at one of South Holland’s markets are to be shelved just hours after being given the backing of top councillors. As part of a number of increases in the fees and charges for its services, South Holland District Council was looking to increase the cost for a table at Spalding, ...

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Steering Holbeach

The Holbeach Town Steering Group has officially been launched and its first job is to help secure government funding to improve the town centre. The creation of Steering Groups was announced by South Holland District Council as part of its pledge to put in £500,000 of funding into Holbeach and Spalding town centres. Coun Nick Worth is the lead for ...

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Proposed increase to a host of council charges and fees

Market traders, South Holland Centre users and town and parish councils are among those set to be hit by proposed increases in charges. South Holland District Council, which as previously reported is looking to save around £4.4m in the next few years, has announced proposed increases in its fees and charges from April 1. The authority says it will also ...

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Group aims to improve town

A new group set up to improve Spalding town centre is set to have its first meeting this week. The Spalding Town Centre Steering Group has been set up by South Holland District Council to oversee the £500,000 it’s pledged to improve both Spalding and Holbeach town centres. In Spalding the town’s steering group will be led by Coun Gary ...

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Council looks at technology ideas

Litter bins that alert authorities when they’re nearly full are among technology measures being considered for introduction. South Holland District Council is also looking at making it so you could ask your voice activated speakers at home as to what bin a specific piece of rubbish goes into, it’s been claimed. The authority’s Environmental Services and Asset manager Charlotte Paine ...

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Concerns over council homes loft insulation

A councillor has raised concerns over council homes potentially not having enough loft insulation. Coun David Wilkinson, the independent member for Long Sutton, raised the issue at a recent meeting of South Holland District Council’s Performance Monitoring Panel after inspecting a constituent’s property himself. Following the meeting, Coun Wilkinson said: “They’d told me they were getting black mould in their ...

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Possible re-think on public toilets

Alternative ways are being considered to modify public toilets in South Holland, it’s been claimed after negative feedback was gathered from a council that implemented the same measures six years ago. As reported last week, Fenland District Council says the self-lock toilets it included in Wisbech had “made no noticeable impact on the reduction of anti-social behaviour” as well as ...

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Hats off for new development

A development of new affordable homes in Spalding is nearing completion. The Willow Walk development is being built by Burmor Construction on the former Law’s Yard site off Commercial Road and will provide a mix of one, two and three-bedroom homes. Set for completion in the summer it is part of a partnership between South Holland District Council, Cross Keys ...

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Daffodil Route to bloom again?

A popular cycle way and footpath created to link Spalding town centre and the Johnson Hospital could be set for a new spruce up. The Daffodil Route runs from Pinchbeck Road in the town opposite the junction to Park Road until Enterprise Way. Partly built on a former railway line, it was created just over ten years ago as a ...

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‘Lessons Learned’ review on Relief Road

A ‘Lessons Learned’ review into the handling of the Spalding Western Relief Road is to be launched by Lincolnshire County Council. However the authority has told The Voice the inquiry will not involve members of the general public and only a summary of its findings will be made public. The road has proven controversial with the planning permission granted for ...

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‘Urgent’ extra funds for sites

A request for almost £30,000 to fix ‘urgent’ issues at three town sites has been recommended for April’s budget. On Tuesday, members of the Spalding Town Forum discussed necessary work on three parks: Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, Monks House Lane Pavilion and Spalding Cemetery, to avoid what will “give rise to high risk health and safety concerns on all ...

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Proposed anti-ASB toilets ‘did not work’

Proposed measures to curb anti-social behaviour in Spalding and Holbeach public toilets haven’t worked in the six years they have been implemented in toilets in Wisbech, it’s been claimed. South Holland District Council last year voted to get new public toilets that have individual cubicles with automatically locking doors. A report to the authority’s Performance Monitoring Committee last night states ...

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Voters faced 18-mile round election trip

A closer polling station for Tongue End and a call to only use schools as a last resort are among the measures being called for following a review of polling stations in the area. Recommendations following the review were voted through by South Holland District Council last week. As it met councillors heard that residents in Tongue End had an ...

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Pay freeze for district councillors

South Holland district councillors have voted to freeze the allowances it pays to members until 2023. Members followed the advice of an Independent Remuneration Panel which argued they were already the best paid in Lincolnshire. The basic allowance for a South Holland councillor is £6,255 a year. The next highest in Lincolnshire is South Kesteven who pay councillors £5,628 though ...

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Migrant worker caravans plan passed

Temporary caravans to house seasonal migrant workers have been approved. E M Cole (Farms) Ltd in West Pinchbeck is to erect four mobile homes on the site. The flower business’s James Cole told South Holland District Council Planning Committee that granted permission last week: “We can’t function without staff from overseas currently. “We have tried recruiting locally but we can’t ...

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Calls for reform on cost of drainage

Getting nearby counties to help pay for local drainage boards who should also set their own council tax levels are measures being called for by local councillors. Currently 50 per cent of the council tax you pay to South Holland District Council goes to the drainage boards who serve South Holland. In the 2020/21 financial year, that amounts to £2.5m ...

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