Council

Working to save South Holland’s heritage most at risk

Action is being taken to protect historic buildings and conservation areas in South Holland on the Heritage At Risk register. Historic England said last October the condition of four of the district’s listed buildings was “very bad” and three “poor”. Since then the government body has talked to owners and South Holland District Council,  the local planning authority, about works ...

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Hannah encourages county council to adopt MND charter

A step forward in a campaign for more support for people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) has been taken thanks to efforts by a Spalding woman whose father died from it. Hannah Harris (35) knew little about MND before her father Mick Smith, of Long Sutton (pictured), was diagnosed, but is now working to support others who face the terminal ...

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Long Sutton pub soon ready to set sail again after £140,000 revamp

An historic Long Sutton pub is set to reopen next month following a £140,000 refurbishment. Customers at The Olde Ship Inn in London Road can expect “a proper old pub”, according to Sean Portass, whose company STP Properties owns it. The exterior has had a massive facelift, including installation of a thatched roof. Inside, exposed beams have been replaced with ...

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Feasibility study on Spalding traffic management nearing completion

A project to assess possible improvements to Spalding’s traffic management system is nearing completion. Two schemes being considered are part-closure of Swan Street between Station Approach and Winfrey Avenue, and installation of a mini roundabout at the junction of Winfrey Avenue and Kings Road. Lincolnshire County Council secured funding to carry out a feasibility study, which began in autumn last ...

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Lincolnshire County Council portion of council tax bills rises 3.95 per cent

Lincolnshire county councillors have agreed a budget which includes an increase in the county council element of council tax of 1.95 per cent with an additional two per cent adult care precept. This increase will generate additional income of around £9.8m which will contribute to the funding shortfall the council is facing from decreasing government grants and additional costs, particularly from adult care. As ...

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County residents to be canvassed on unitary authority for Lincolnshire

County councillors have voted in favour of seeking the views of Lincolnshire residents of the county on the principle of moving to a unitary system of local government. Following a debate at full council last Friday (February 24), the majority of councillors voted in favour of carrying out some form of consultation later this year. Council leader Martin Hill had hoped ...

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‘Disturbing’ element to Welland Homes’ business plan

A review of a business plan for Welland Homes Ltd – South Holland District Council’s housing development company – has been undertaken just a few weeks before it makes a major purchase. South Holland District Council cabinet meeting was told on February 14 that an “urgent” decision was required to enable capitalisation of the company. Welland Homes director Coun Bryan Alcock ...

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South Holland District Council delivering on its corporate plan goals

The garden waste collection scheme, events at Ayscoughfee Hall and Gardens and empty homes brought back into use are among achievements listed in a new South Holland report. An update on progress on goals set out in South Holland District Council’s corporate plan, was reported to a full council meeting (February 22). The report said: savings and income totalling £356,500 ...

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Controversial Ayscoughfee Gardens performance area still on hold

A council project to create a new outdoor performance area for Ayscoughfee Gardens in Spalding remains on hold. The controversial scheme – which has already been criticised by some South Holland district councillors for taking too long – is delayed while proposals on the future of the whole Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens site are discussed. A council spokesman said: ...

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Rise on your council tax bill for South Holland District Council services

Council tax bills for South Holland residents for 2017/18 are about to be issued showing an increase for district council services. It comes after district councillors approved the authority’s budget for the next financial year.  Sixty per cent of homes in South Holland are in the lowest two bands. Band A properties will increase by 6p per week while band B properties are up 7p ...

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Holbeach first in line for next round of pothole repairs

Potholes in Holbeach will be the first to be filled in the next round of Lincolnshire County Council’s patching programme. West End is due to be targeted by workmen on April 3 and 4. The council said: “Each job will require a temporary road closure, with appropriate traffic management measures put in place for the duration. “This is just the ...

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Parish council opposition to Pinchbeck United’s upgrade plans

Pinchbeck United Football Club’s hopes of taking the next step up the non-league ladder have been dealt a blow. The club has submitted a planning application to install floodlights, a concrete path around the pitch, a small stand and security fencing. The improvements are Football Association requirements to enable the club to progress from the Peterborough League to the United ...

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South Holland District Council would have backed shelved referendum on unitary authority status

A referendum to gauge Lincolnshire residents’ appetite for scrapping eight councils in favour of a unitary approach to local government in the county has been shelved. County council leader Martin Hill announced last month that it was his intention to ask for councillors’ support for the poll to be held on May 4. He said the move would remove residents’ confusion over which tier ...

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Contractor selection for £8.8m Holbeach highways improvement project

A contractor is about to be appointed with a view to starting an £8.8m highways project in Holbeach in May. Lincolnshire County Council’s executive has now approved plans to progress with improvement works at Peppermint Junction, as well as moving forward with the creation of a South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) and the delivery of approximately 900 new homes. The council said: “The ...

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Stand by for a summer of “substantial roadworks” in Spalding

“Substantial” roadworks are being planned throughout Spalding this summer. Lincolnshire County Council highways is working on a project to carry out resurfacing in four areas of the town, including Winsover Road, part of which has been closed since mid-December for a complicated sewer repair by Anglian Water. Notices have been posted around the town advising utility firms of the scheduled ...

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Awards for South Holland District Council’s top achievers

South Holland District Council has acknowledged the hard work and achievements of some staff members. The Value In People Recognition Awards acknowledge “delivery of services to the community” over the previous 12 months. Ayscoughfee Hall Museum tweeted its thanks after being named winner of the Bright Idea Award category. A council spokesman said: “The Value In People Awards brought together ...

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Top district councillors: £2.7m revamp of our offices is not for benefit of staff

Leading South Holland district councillors have moved to assure the public that the proposed £2.7million refurbishment of its Spalding headquarters is anything but for the benefit of its staff. Leader Gary Porter and cabinet member Roger Gambba-Jones underlined that any public perception that the aim of the project was to create a “shiny, more comfy” environment was very far wide ...

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Spalding Guiding history book published with councillors’ backing

A book of bygone stories from a Girl Guiding group in Spalding has been published with financial support from the ward member’s budget of six South Holland district councillors. “Memories of 2nd Spalding Guide Company 1941-1965″ has been produced by District Guiding commissioners Bridget Scase and Jane Amess in tribute to Mary Waters, who was involved with the Guiding movement for 76 years ...

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‘Game changer’ on the way for businesses with lower food hygiene ratings

Almost half of customers at 77 South Holland food premises would snub them on their current food hygiene rating when displaying a window sticker becomes mandatory, a report claims. Commercial insurer NFU Mutual found that 44 per cent of people would turn away from even their favourite restaurants, fast food eateries, cafés and shops if they saw it was rated ...

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Council to highlight dog owners who won’t clear up fouling

Dog owners in South Holland who do not clean up their pet’s fouling face being shamed in a new council initiative. Under a campaign called Bag It, Bin It, South Holland District Council dog warden Rachel Thompson will spray paint dog mess and stencil a hard-hitting message next to it. The hope is that the highlighted mess will be seen ...

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