Council

Police called to bar breaking COVID rules

Police were called to a Spalding bar and restaurant which was serving food and drinks at the height of the coronavirus lockdown when a group of 20 people were partying at the back of the building. The lights were off at the front of Rafael’s in Westlode Street on June 20, but footage from a police body camera shows ‘numerous ...

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Cameras removed amid CCTV row

All CCTV cameras in Holbeach are to be taken down and checked they can’t be hacked while a parish councillor has said she was verbally abused amid the controversy surrounding them. As previously reported, Holbeach Parish Council is being investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Officer over data protection breaches following an internal investigation into the theft of one of its ...

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Petition for market stalls to be set up is launched

A petition calling for market stalls to be set-up ready for traders has been launched after South Holland District Council ratified a decision to scrap the service when it resumed after lockdown. Stephanie Taylor is asking for support for the campaign which comes amid fears that market traders are turning their backs on Spalding Market because of the move by ...

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Council responds to markets criticism by announcing grants for traders

South Holland District Council is to offer grants of up to £5,000 to local market traders amid criticism over recent changes to the way it runs markets in the district. The authority last week ratified its decision to stop putting up stalls for traders at markets. It’s a move that has been stated for the reasoning why a number of ...

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Investigation over ‘not secure’ park cameras

Holbeach Parish Council is being investigated after claims its CCTV cameras in parks and cemeteries, including one that was stolen, weren’t “safe or secure”. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is looking into breaches of the Data Protection Act after a complaint by a member of the public about a camera overseeing a children’s play area. A resulting Holbeach Parish Council ...

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Town parks are hit by vandals

Families are being intimidated by a gang of youths causing problems in Long Sutton. The parish council has received several letters of complaint about a group of young people causing issues. The letters were regarding “vandalism and intimidation caused by the group and of young families unable to enjoy the park and facilities due to their behaviour and damage to ...

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New bike parking facilities set for Spalding and Holbeach

New bike parking facilities are to be created in Spalding and Holbeach and pedestrian barriers removed at the Winsover Road/Station Approach junction as part of government funding to improve cycling and pavements. The Department for Transport has granted Lincolnshire County Council £105,500 from the first round of the emergency active travel fund to support the installation of temporary projects during ...

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Kennels approved amid ‘complaints’

A dog kennel has been allowed to increase the number of dogs after it was claimed those who complained refused to have noise monitoring equipment. Sutton St James Parish Council said it had received a number of complaints after applicant Mrs B Street was allowed 18 dogs at Broadgate in the village for non-commercial use for 12 months The parish ...

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Decision on annexe deferred

An application to build a one bedroom annexe at a Holbeach house where people with mental health issues or learning difficulties live has been deferred to ask police about reports of call outs to it. The Care Management Group’s (CMG) application for White Lodge on Spalding Road came before South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee last week. Speaking in support ...

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Contributions slashed on plans

Developers are playing a ‘viability card’ it’s been claimed as a 136-home development was voted to have just one affordable home on it and reduced payments towards education and healthcare. South Holland District Council planners have received a number of applications to change already passed developments so the developers can alter Section 106 agreements. These are legal documents signed as ...

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Rare medieval artefact found

A rare medieval find in a Moulton garden is among the treasures that have been unearthed during lockdown. While gardening at his home, Andrew Deaton from Moulton found a rare type of medieval seal matrix with a depiction of St Margaret of Antioch with the devil. It’s one of 200 finds reported to Lincolnshire County Council’s archaeology service so far ...

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MP ‘concerned’ over markets

South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes has said he’s writing to the district council with concerns over the future of the markets. As previously reported concerns have been raised that new measures brought in to make them safer amid the COVID-19 pandemics were having an adverse effect on traders, particularly in Spalding Market Particularly controversial are stall ...

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Theft of CCTV system among incidents that ends trial of keeping parks unlocked overnight

Holbeach’s parks and cemeteries are to be closed overnight again after a host of incidents were recorded including the theft of a CCTV camera and its memory card. A complaint has been made to the town’s parish council that police advice wasn’t adequately represented when in February it decided to trial leaving Carter’s Park, Netherfields Park, Holbeach Cemetery and Hallgate ...

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Councils set to clash on future

The battle lines are being drawn over the political future of South Holland with the district and county councils due to go up against each other. Last week Lincolnshire County Council announced it would bid to help create a ‘Greater Lincolnshire’ authority to amalgamate all the councils in the county into one body. But South Holland District Council leader Lord ...

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Traders will have to continue to erect stalls

Market traders in Spalding will have to continue to provide and erect their own stalls after councillors revisited the topic on Monday. Members of South Holland District Council’s cabinet discussed the issue after the original decision to no longer put up the stalls was sent back to the cabinet last week by the scrutiny committee. The Performance Monitoring Panel called-in ...

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Village hotel in flats bid

Plans have been submitted to turn a Surfleet hotel into seven flats. The Riverside Hotel in Station Road is currently open as a hotel and serving drinks. But owner Nick Bond says he’s had interest from developers. “I’ve been trying to sell it for eight or nine months but I’ve had no interest as a pub or restaurant. “I’ve spoken ...

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Bid to create ‘Greater Lincolnshire’ authority

A bid to make a Greater Lincolnshire authority which would replace both Lincolnshire County Council and South Holland District Council is to be made. The county council has announced that together with North and North East Lincolnshire authorities, it will bid for local government reorganisation and is looking to create one council that serves the whole of Lincolnshire. Currently in ...

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Free licences for street business

Bars, restaurants and cafes will be able to apply for a free pavement licence to enable customer social distancing. Lincolnshire County Council is working with the district councils to enable the licences to be issued in ten working days or less. The policy has also been extended to shop owners who want to put a stall on the street outside ...

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Decision returns to council over warning markets are losing traders

A decision to no longer put up stalls for Spalding market traders has been sent back to South Holland District Council’s cabinet. A meeting of the Performance Monitoring Panel this week concluded with the decision going back for another look and a call for some ‘meaningful discussion’ with market traders. Coun Angela Newton said she had a lot of complaints ...

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Misuse of waste collection points leads to change

After reports of misuse of waste collection points, people who live on private drives could soon request bin lorries be allowed to collect from outside their homes. But the roads would have to meet specific guidelines and its owners enter a legal agreement with South Holland District Council. The authority says its waste collection vehicles have not collected from private ...

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