Council

Society says lack of consultation reason behind fountain planning application withdrawal

A planning application to place a water fountain in Ayscoughfee Gardens has been withdrawn with a conservation group claiming it is due to them not being consulted. Coun Rodney Grocock said a new application for the siting of the Johnson Drinking Fountain would be submitted soon. In a statement, the Spalding and District Civic Society said it had forced the ...

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Area’s £2.7m ‘Levelling Up’ funding

South Holland District Council has been given £2.7m to spend over three years as part of the Government’s ‘Levelling Up’ fund. The money is intended to replace previous funding from the European Union with more details due to be announced in the summer. A spokesman for the South and East Lincolnshire Local Partnership, which South Holland is a part of, ...

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Potholes cost council £764k

Lincolnshire County Council tops the national table when it comes to paying out the most compensation for pothole damage in recent years. Councillors say it’s partly due to cuts in government funding and that the average claim it’s paid has gone down in recent years. A survey by What Car? magazine says the county council has paid out £764,588 between ...

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Looking ahead to a green future

A new climate change strategy is being rolled out across South Holland which aims to be in a partnership at the forefront of a reducing carbon emissions. The South and East Lincolnshire Climate Action Network (SELCAN) is being established to work towards a net zero ambition. Members of South Holland District Council’s Cabinet will be asked to accept the strategy ...

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Date set for library to re-open following roof work

Long Sutton Library is to reopen in May. It’s been closed since December to allow for repairs to the building’s roof, but will reopen on Monday May 23. The Click and Collect service that’s been running in its place will end at 1pm on Saturday May 7. The library will then be closed for two weeks while associated internal works ...

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Roundabout to close for next two days as works continue

Halmer Gate roundabout is due to be closed for several hours tomorrow and Wednesday with road works takin slightly longer than initially expected, Lincolnshire County Council has announced. Work on Low Road was due to start tomorrow (Tuesday, April 19) but will now start on Wednesday (April 20) after work on the roundabout itself concludes. As a result, on both ...

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Pond back to former glory

The pond at the heart of Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Garden is full once again after a huge refurbishment programme. The resident fish, which were temporarily put into holding tanks, have also returned and the gardens are back to their usual best. The £8,000 overhaul started in February and the pond had to be completely drained for repair and maintenance. It was ...

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Application is in to move fountain

A formal planning application has been submitted to site Spalding’s former drinking fountain in Ayscoughfee Gardens. Despite calls for it to be repositioned in the town centre where it was historically set, it seems likely the fountain will be in the gardens. South Holland District Council has allocated £24,000 for the job of re-siting the fountain, which is not working. ...

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Claim company looking to move to Holbeach

Another food industry company is looking to move to Holbeach, it’s been claimed. Lincolnshire County Council executive councillor for economic development, environment and planning Colin Davie said that a business currently based in the south east of England was in negotiations for a two-acre plot at the South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone. And he told a meeting of the authority’s ...

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Speed limit on Pinchbeck road to be lowered

A stretch of road where a meeting was told ‘miscreants’ are regularly seen speeding is to have the limit lowered. Lincolnshire County Council is looking at extending the 30mph limit of Mill Green in Pinchbeck further south. A consultation is to be launched on the proposal after the authority’s Planning and Regulation Committee gave its approval at a meeting on ...

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Call for longer cemetery opening hours

Calls have been made for Spalding Cemetery to be open for longer now COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and with longer daylight hours. Chris Wells says the Pinchbeck Road area should be open 8am to dusk like others, so mourners can visit graves throughout the day. It’s currently only open in the summer until 6.30pm with the gates unlocked at ...

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County council says its aware of Cross Keys Bridge traffic issues

Traffic controls around the Cross Keys Bridge will be eased at Easter ahead of overnight closures in May, Lincolnshire County Council say in an update on the works being carried out. Temporary traffic lights are currently in place at the Sutton Bridge crossing over the River Nene which acts as the main route between Lincolnshire and Norfolk. Lincolnshire County Council ...

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Bid to improve three areas of Spalding town centre

A single theme and updated furniture for three areas of Spalding is being drawn up in a bid to ‘future-proof’ the town. The junctions of Bridge Street and Double Street, Swan Street and New Road as well as Hall Place have been ear-marked as potential places to invest by the Town Centre Improvement Steering Group. South Holland District Council is ...

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Third bid to put 5G mast in Spalding

Another planning application has been submitted for a 5G telephone mast in Spalding. Initial proposals to construct a 20m and then a 15m pole on the junction of Wygate Park and Claudette Avenue were refused. After two refusals, the company is now submitting plans for a ‘super slimline monopole’ of 15m. The applicant, CK Hutchinson for the Three network said ...

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Bid for more houses on site

A developer has applied to build more homes on Holbeach land that’s been the subject of two previous application refusals. The land to the rear of 37 Fleet Road was previously subject to applications to build one home in 2016 and six homes in 2020. Both were turned down by South Holland District Council’s planning officers who felt the homes ...

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Council housing company to donate profits to two local charities

A council owned property firm is donating its profit margin totalling £115k to two local charities. Welland Homes, a housing company wholly owned by South Holland District Council, is to give the money to Citizens Advice South Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire Community Voluntary Services. The company was incorporated in 2015 and has 39 open market rental properties. Citizens Advice will receive ...

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Ayscoughfee, Sheep Market and Holbeach toilets to be made ‘accessible’ thanks to funding

South Holland District Council has been awarded £150,000 to provide accessible toilet facilities in the area. The money has been allocated as part of the Changing Places Fund released by the government. The South and East Lincolnshire Councils partnership has been awarded a total of £660,000 under the scheme. South Holland will create three new facilities, Boston will have four, ...

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Forum wants running costs including Sir Halley floodlights looked at

Officials are being asked to look at increasing the cost of what organisations pay for the use of council facilities due to rising costs. The rising expense of turning on the floodlights at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field was one of the examples given by Spalding Town Forum as to why South Holland District Council should look into whether ...

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Enforce traffic ban in centre of town

Spalding’s fire crews are among those allegedly breaching traffic regulations and driving through Spalding Town Centre, a meeting has been told. Members of Spalding Town Forum heard last week that CCTV could not be used to prosecute drivers flouting the ban on driving through Market Place and Hall Place between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday. Lincolnshire Police are meant ...

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Street art walls proposed around Castle Sports Complex

The proposed locations for Spalding’s new street art walls have been announced along with the initial ideas on their designs. A design promoting the environment is being readied for six to eight panels on the Castle Sports Complex over-looking the car park in Westlode Street, a meeting of Spalding Town Forum has been told. The former toilets behind the bowling ...

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