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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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Plan for homes in grounds of manor

An application to build five homes in the grounds of Holbeach Manor has been submitted to South Holland District Council. The land east of the early 20th century building off Fleet Road is owned by Seagate Homes who are looking to create the mini-estate to be accessed from a service road. An existing but disused two-story water tower is due ...

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‘Big drive’ to end the tip booking system

There’s a ‘big drive’ by councillors to get rid of the current system where you have to book to take waste to Spalding tip, it’s been claimed. The measure brought in by Lincolnshire County Council when its Waste Recycling Centres reopened after the first lockdown has proved controversial. It’s been argued that restrictions at the waste centres have been at ...

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Councils set to join three ways

South Holland looks likely to join forces with Boston and East Lindsey councils to create the largest local authority partnership in the country. The three-way partnership will come into fruition if its approved by South Holland members at a meeting on July 1. Members of Boston will make a decision on June 28 and East Lindsey on June 30. East ...

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Drivers warned of bridge delays

Maintenance work on the historic swing bridge at Sutton Bridge is set to take fourmonths. The Grade II listed bridge across the River Nene is part of the main A17 between Newark and King’s Lynn. But drivers are being warned of delays next year when work is carried out on the structure between February and July in a £1.3m refurbishment ...

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Have your say on market future

Pitch fees, promotion and an easier booking process are all things under review as the district council looks to update its market policies. Traders, retailers, residents, shoppers and stakeholders are being asked to have their say on the district’s markets, as part of the consultation. South Holland District Council is consulting on its new draft Market Regulations Handbook, and the ...

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£20M A16 road junction bid officially submitted

A £20m bid to improve junctions on the A16, which would include a pedestrian and cycle bridge at the McDonald’s roundabout in Spalding and cycle lanes into Springfields, has officially been submitted. Lincolnshire County Council has made the bid to the government’s Levelling Up fund and aims to reduce congestion in Boston and along the A16 corridor- a key route ...

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Disappointment over homes plan

Campaigners say they’re ‘bitterly disappointed’ after planning permission was granted to change an around 200-year-old pub into two homes. The Chequers in Gedney Dyke, which dates back to around 1793, has been listed as an Asset of Community Value due to the lack of facilities in the village.But it’s been closed since 2017 with the owner claiming that the pub ...

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