Council

Call for Spalding to look to future

Spalding residents should think about how they’re represented politically, including the potential for creating a town council, ahead of local government reorganisation, the chair of its town forum says. Unusually for a town of its size, there’s no elected parish or town council. The Spalding Town Forum is overseen by South Holland District Council, largely using its councillors and members ...

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Public tip-off leads to 10,000 illegal cigarettes being found at Spalding store

Around 10,000 illegal cigarettes have been seized from a shop in Spalding town centre after a tip-off from a member of the public. Lincolnshire Trading Standards is not revealing the name and exact location of the store pending future investigations. It and Lincolnshire Police visited the shop in the centre of Spalding last Thursday (March 24). Footage captured by Trading ...

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Boston Road South closed as sinkhole opens once again

Just days after saying dips were inevitable, Lincolnshire County Council has again had to close a Holbeach road after a sinkhole reopened. A small part of Boston Road South, Holbeach – between Tesco and Holbeach Primary School – has opened up, leaving a hole in the road surface. That’s despite extensive works having been carried out on the road in ...

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Parish council ponders allotment CCTV after theft

Long Sutton Parish Council is looking to install CCTV at its allotments following the latest break in. The council’s chairman John Clarey said that the lock on the gate was broken at some point last week and thieves stole a trailer. “It’s very sad this is happening with the majority of our tenants are retired and keep the allotments very ...

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Former paddling pool site for old fountain

Spalding’s historic water fountain is being proposed to be on the site of the former paddling pool in Ayscoughfee Gardens. South Holland District Council is in a couple of weeks set to submit a planning application to site the Johnson Memorial Drinking Fountain there after rejecting calls for it to be erected in the town centre. The Voice revealed in ...

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Street art set to get the green light in district?

Street art could soon be coming to South Holland with the blessing of the district council. A new policy around the whole issue of graffiti and art is being drawn-up with plans to allow artists to work with permission on council-owned property. Hundreds of people signed a petition last year supporting the move after artists Karl Barfoot and Adam Sadd ...

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‘Business Bubble’ to be created at Spalding Library

A ‘Business Bubble’ is to be created at Spalding Library through government funding. Lincolnshire County Council has been awarded £211,200 to provide confidential workspaces equipped with modern technologies that small and start up businesses can utilise. Thanks to the funding by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, delivered by Arts Council England, one will be in Lincoln and ...

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Noise monitoring bid at kennels

Noise monitoring is to take place at a Whaplode dog kennel after an application came before planners last week. Mundicao Kennels in Dowsdale Bank had applied for permanent permission for its canine accommodation and dog training service after a 12-month trial. But last week South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee voted to pass another year long trial after a councillor ...

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Homes plan too close to neighbour

A plan to build four homes in Holbeach has been rejected over concerns of the impact it would have on a neighbour. Adam Rulewski is looking to demolish 47 Low Road and replace it with four detached dwellings, permission for which was granted last year. The latest application for a new layout came before South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee ...

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Council’s lottery aims to raise money for good causes

South Holland District Council says it is to launch a lottery aiming to help local community groups and charities. The authority initially announced the proposal in September 2020 with 60 per cent of takings going to the good causes that sign up, the rest going to the running of the competition. Since then it’s gone into partnership with Boston and ...

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Halmer Gate roundabout works to begin next month

Long awaited works to rebuild a Spalding roundabout will finally begin in early April. The work around Halmer Gate roundabout was originnaly scheduled to take place last July, but was then postponed. The works, which will be carried out in two phases, will start on Monday April 4 for three weeks. Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “Despite this ...

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New ‘enviro-crime team’ to catch fly-tippers in South Holland

A new specialist ‘enviro-crime team’ could be brought in to tackle fly-tipping in South Holland. It’s hoped the private team would use cameras and foot patrols to deter people from using the area as a dumping ground and provide more prosecutions. A recent Freedom of Information request by members of the Spalding Wombles litter group found that South Holland District ...

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Plan to turn semi-derelict pub into flats

A semi-derelict former pub could be transformed into flats if a planning application is agreed. The Bell in Pinchbeck will accommodate six flats while nine bungalows will be built behind it. The pub itself has been empty since a fire caused severe damage in 2014. “It is in such a condition as to be beyond economic repair and refurbishment on ...

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Mobility scooters churning up park

A parish council has vowed to catch what it says are mobility scooter users churning up a town park and dog owners only going there to get rid of their animals’ poo. The chair of Long Sutton Parish Council, John Clarey, said both were “serious problems” facing the authority highlighted at its most recent meeting. Coun Clarey said that scooters ...

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Cash for county emergencies

Lincolnshire’s Resilience Forum has secured almost £250,000 for projects to assist during emergencies.Four bids to the government for funding from a pilot scheme have been successful.There will be £50,000 for improved and more reliable use of drones in emergencies in the county as a result.A further £40,000 will be used for community engagement regarding emergency preparedness while £70,000 has been ...

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Approval for 150 village homes?

Controversial plans to build 150 new homes in Weston look likely to be approved. The proposal by Persimmon Homes had been refused by South Holland District Council last September, but has been re-submitted.Members of the council’s planning committee are due to discuss the application at a meeting next Wednesday, but the officer recommendation is to accept the plan.Weston Parish Council ...

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Green revolution for county buses

Bus services in the county are set to be radically shaken-up with plans for electric or hydrogen cell vehicles carrying passengers. And the popular Call Connect service could be used to transport non-emergency patients on behalf of the NHS. The Local Bus Strategy outlines plans for a ‘green bus revolution’ designed to reduce emissions and encourage passengers. “Zero-emission buses are ...

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District at the foot of recycling table

South Holland is bottom of the pile when it comes to recycling rates in the county. A survey using figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has revealed that of 338 local authorities in the country, South Holland comes in 318th. With a recycling rate of 27.3 per cent, South Holland is way behind its local authority ...

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County council confirm five per cent tax hike branded ‘morally wrong’

Lincolnshire County Council has backed what is now a five per cent increase in its share of the council tax, something opposition councillors branded ‘morally wrong’. As part of its budget, the authority initially announced a three per cent increase, the proceeds of which would go on adult care. But after its calls for central government to reinstate a £12m ...

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Skills help for town retailers

Free skills training for high street businesses and retailers in South Holland is being offered by the district council. The project is open until March 31 with the first 45 applications receiving one-to-one business support from a team of industry specialists. Support covers a range of topics from identifying customers to designing window displays and product sourcing. It has been ...

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