Council

Council reforms will have to wait

The brakes have been put on a major reorganisation of local government in Lincolnshire – with the councils told to concentrate on helping communities recover from the effects of coronavirus. District councils, including South Holland, welcomed the news that central government called a halt to the process of reorganising the entire structure. “This enables district councils to put our full ...

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Sour notes at highly strung council meeting interrupted by violin music

Infighting at Holbeach Parish Council has been likened to the Northern Ireland peace process in a fractious and, at times, bizarre meeting which was even interrupted by violin music over a claim of abusive behaviour. District councillor Nick Worth, who was among the public watching Monday night’s online meeting, described it as a ‘bonfire being lit” under the council. The ...

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More town bans to follow?

Residents are being urged to report all incidents of anti-social behaviour as it was revealed more people could be banned from Spalding town centre including some repeatedly caught drinking alcohol. Last month Matthew Bellerson was banned from Spalding for a host of such incidents, including pretending a footrest of a wheelchair was a gun. But last week’s meeting of the ...

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New Year, new bus service?

A new bus service for Spalding connecting the town centre and the Johnson Hospital is “on the table for January”, a new town centre steering group has heard. The group of local community representatives and businesses held what has been hailed as a successful meeting recently. It follows on from a meeting of a number of parties interested in improving ...

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Arts Council grant boost for South Holland Centre

Spalding’s South Holland Centre is to get a grant of nearly £180,000 from the government to keep it going. Arts Council England has announced it will offer the venue £170,860 of vital support through the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund scheme. The purpose of the fund is to help maintain England’s cultural ecology by supporting organisations of particular significance in their ...

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Fixing footpath ‘too expensive’

The fixing of a footpath will cost nearly three quarters of a million pounds, it’s been claimed amid calls for better safety measures along the length of Cowbit Road in Spalding. The bank on part of the road between Little London and Fen End Lane partially collapsed years ago. It means pedestrians have to step in the road to navigate ...

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Complaints lead to bike rack being removed from Holbeach High Street the day after being installed

A much criticised green bike rack that’s shaped like a car has been removed a day after being installed in Holbeach. It was put in place in the town’s conservation area by Lincolnshire County Council in what was previously a car parking bay on High Street yesterday (Thursday). But following complaints on social media and representations from Holbeach Parish Council ...

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New bid to help the homeless

A bid to tackle rough sleeping in Lincolnshire has been launched. South Holland District Council has joined North Kesteven, South Kesteven and West Lindsey authorities in creating Change4Lincs which aims to support people known to be rough sleeping or at risk of having to do so. The project is due to be launched on Monday October 12 and part of ...

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District council responds to closure of Hills following criticism

South Holland District Council has responded to the news that Hills Department Store is to close. The store put out a statement today announcing it was to cease trading after decades in the town. The statement was critical of South Holland District Council which has responded with its own statement. A spokesperson for South Holland District Council said: “Firstly, it’s ...

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Market currently full on Tuesdays – council

Spalding’s Tuesday market is currently full up with traders, a district council official has said. South Holland District Council has faced criticism, particularly from traders, who it told to bring their own stalls after opting not to provide them any more and book in every time they wished to attend. The moves led to reports of traders turning their back ...

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Major plans for village homes

A major plan for housing development in Sutton Bridge has been put forward – despite some of the site being outside the development area. Loyd Homes is looking to construct a total of 129 new houses at the northern end of the town. The development proposals include two access points through Nightingale Way and Withington Street. The site has a ...

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Pumpkin fun for harvest spirits

The pandemic has curtailed many things this year, but Spalding’s Pumpkin Festival will go ahead. From scarecrows to pet photo competitions, there will be plenty of things to do. A special Harvest Time Trail will be launched this weekend with ten town centre businesses getting involved. Scarecrows will be incorporated into their window displays from October 10 to 31 and ...

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Bridge to be closed for four weeks

A traffic bridge just outside Spalding is set to be closed for four weeks next months to install new traffic lights. Work on the junction of Horseshoe Road and South Drove over the South Drove Drain is to commence on Monday, November 9. The old traffic lights at the junction on both sides of the South Drove Drain – which ...

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Springfields asked to provide money towards Spalding town centre as expansion is recommended to get go-ahead

Plans to build 18 new units at the Springfields shopping centre could see £200,000 given over for improvements to Spalding town centre. The application is recommended to be passed by members of South Holland District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday. But the amount recommended to fulfil the Section 106 agreement has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. An independent report ...

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Frustration over ‘medical’ sites

A councillor has expressed his frustration that Holbeach could lose a second plot of land identified to expand medical care in the town. As reported in last week’s edition of The Voice, the NHS is selling land on Dam Gate for £90,000 that had been given to it for a new medical centre for the town. And Coun Nick Worth ...

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South Holland residents ‘behaving themselves’ over virus – council leader

Most people in South Holland are “behaving themselves”, the district council’s leader has said in relation to low numbers of COVID-19 case in the area. Lord Gary Porter told a meeting of the authority’s Full Council that the area hadn’t seen large increases in the coronavirus as experienced elsewhere leading to extra measures, including that pubs close at 10pm. Lord ...

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Council looking to extend garden waste service as measures to stop fly-tipping ‘epidemic’ are discussed

More garden waste bins are set to be available in South Holland but it could be a while before its rolled out across the district amid claims it could help offset the increase in fly-tipping. A meeting of South Holland District Council’s Full Council heard that there’s currently 1,200 people on a waiting list for the brown bins that had ...

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Brakes put on free parking bid

The leader of South Holland District Council has said he doesn’t believe parking charges are keeping people away from Spalding and cited Springfields as an example Lord Gary Porter was reacting to a call to make parking free by Coun Chris Brewis. He told a meeting of South Holland District Council that making parking free could be “the kiss of ...

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Proposal for A151 speed reduction

The speed limit on the A151 through Moulton and Weston could be reduced by 10mph. A report to Lincolnshire County Council’s Planning and Regulation Committee, due to meet on Monday, October 5, is recommending the committee approves reducing the speed limit at Weston to 50mph and Moulton to 40mph, which will allow the necessary consultation process to bring them into ...

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Support payment available in area

South Holland District Council is among those backing a nationwide scheme to support people on low incomes who have to self-isolate if they test positive for coronavirus and cannot work from home. The Test and Trace Support Payment, is being rolled out as the number of cases nationally rise. Individuals who are required to self-isolate and who meet the benefits-linked ...

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