Council

Facebook fly-tipper faces fine

A man who responded to a Facebook request for the disposal of household waste despite not having a licence was fined last month, after the items were found fly-tipped in Holbeach. Liam Scott was identified following investigations by South Holland District Council, and appeared before Boston Magistrates Court on June 24 for failing to comply with the duty of care ...

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Major roadworks around Chatterton Tower start in July

Three months of roadworks in Spalding town centre are set to begin next month as a half a million pound water main is installed from the Chatterton Tower. Residents in and around Pennygate and Monkshouse Lane have received leaflets outlining the works. As reported in The Voice in April, the substantial works are to increase the productivity of the Chatterton ...

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Community urged to back upgrade plan for Johnson Hospital

The community is being asked to back a “phenomenal” proposed upgrade to the Johnson Hospital by completing a survey. As previously reported in The Voice, as part of the local NHS’s Healthy Conversation 2019, the hospital could be upgraded to a Major Treatment Centre providing care for all but the most serious cases. A recent engagement event in the town ...

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Artwork plans hope to attract more visitors to Spalding

More artwork, ‘Boris bikes’ and images of Spalding town centre are among the ideas being mooted to attract more visitors. More displays like the recently installed The Hiring, including the re-installation of the Johnson Fountain were among the ideas Spalding and District Civic Society’s David Jones told a meeting of the Spalding Town Forum last week. He also said that ...

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Council to splash out on new pool?

A brand new public swimming pool facility for Spalding is being looked at as part of improvements in leisure facilities across the district, it’s been claimed. South Holland District Council is “looking at replacing” its facilities which includes the Castle Sports Complex and Peele Leisure Centre in Long Sutton. Coun Angela Newton asked the cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday ...

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Councillors allowed to keep old iPads after receiving new ones

District councillors have been told they can keep the iPads previously provided to them by the council. Each councillor has been given an iPad Pro (pictured) and accessories at the cost of more than £1,000 each, totalling £41,000, minus tax and data contracts (a further £600 per month). Councillors who had previously been elected had iPads already provided by the ...

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Listed status bid for former club

A woman is bidding for listed building status to be granted to a historic Spalding building subject to a planning appeal. The Spring Garden property, which was formerly a Christian Association and Literary Institute and social club for Geest employees, was most recently owned by The Fitness Company. A change of use application to turn it into flats from a ...

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Former county council chief exec picked up £292,263 in less than six months

A former chief executive of Lincolnshire County Council picked up £292,263 for less than six months service, it’s been revealed. The authority announced last November that Keith Ireland was departing the role after being announced in it in May 2018. The figure of how much money he received is just short of £300,000 according to the BBC’s Local Democracy Reporting ...

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Ideas to improve transport in Holbeach are unveiled

Junction improvements, reduced speed limits, traffic calming, ‘Park and Walk’ sites, a community cycle hub and more benches are among the ideas to alleviate traffic issues in Holbeach in the next 17 years. The draft Holbeach Transport Strategy sets out how the town will deal with traffic, including that generated from an extra planned 2,000 homes and the Food Enterprise ...

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Councillors choose highest spec iPads

The 37 district councillors elected this month have been provided top-spec iPad Pros – along with hundreds of pounds worth of accessories and data plans. South Holland District Council members chose to buy the highest-powered tablets at a cost of £863.16, along with Apple Smart Keyboard Folio flip-cases, costing an extra £160.94, and a second generation Apple Pencil for each ...

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Highways ‘should be ashamed’

A campaigner trying to get bollards repaired and lighting at a site of recent crashes said the county council Highways department should be “ashamed” of its approach. Rodney Sadd, of Carrington Road, Spalding, started the campaign to improve lighting at the B1172 junction to Spalding Common more than 20 years ago. Mr Sadd revived the campaign after two bollards were ...

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Council will recover European Election costs

South Holland District Council will be able to claim back up to just under £130,000 of how much it costs the authority to fund polling stations and the local count for Thursday’s European Elections. There are 62 polling stations open, 14 more than in the district council election earlier this month. This is due to four of the wards in ...

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District council recommended not to object to relief road applications

South Holland District Council (SHDC) is being recommended not to raise objections to the planning applications for the first two sections of the Spalding Western Relief Road. Lincolnshire County Council’s planning committee will decide on whether the most northerly and southern sections of the proposed single carriageway road are given the go-ahead. But SHDC could object to it and its ...

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MP asks for relief road planning applications ‘call in’

The current planning applications for the first two sections of the Spalding Western Relief Road could be decided by central government after South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes urged they be ‘called in’. He’s written to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, asking his government department decides on whether the two sections ...

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County council buys Victoria letter

Lincolnshire County Council has spent nearly £5,000 on a letter written by Queen Victoria to Lincolnshire poet Alfred Tennyson. The letter was auctioned in New York last month by Swann Auction Galleries. The Swann Auction website details the sale, stating that the final price paid for the letter with buyer’s premium was $5,750 (£4,368). The letter was estimated to sell ...

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Calls for action at town junction

Calls have been made for changes to an A16 junction south of Crowland that campaigners say has led to motorists speeding in Crowland itself. The campaigners, including Angela Harrison, say that drivers are using James Road in the town “to race the slower moving vehicles on the A16 and gain priority at the next roundabout.” “At peak times it is ...

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Criminal Behaviour Order from council

A Crowland man was handed a Criminal Behaviour Order last week after being found guilty of numerous breaches of a Community Protection Notice in the town. South Holland District Council applied for the Order against Peter Woods following a string of reports about him causing harassment, alarm and distress to members of the public in Crowland, ignoring several formal warnings from ...

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Election 2019 round up of the other parties

The Green Party enjoyed a better showing in South Holland than previously but they fell narrowly short in a bid to land a first councillor in the area. Alistair Crisp caused plenty of concern for Conservative Gary Taylor but he took the result with 289 votes to 233. Alistair was one of three members of the Crisp family who stood ...

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Manzur Hasan among four new Independent councillors

There will be four more independent candidates including South Holland’s first councillor from an Asian background. Manzur Hasan, the owner of Indus restaurant in town, polled first in the Spalding St John’s Ward, edging Jack McLean into second place for the two seats. He said: “First off I’m not really a political person. I’ve been running a business in town ...

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Conservatives keep control but lose four seats in district council elections

It’s been a long night of ties and recounts, but at just before 5am, the final result was announced and the Conservatives have kept their majority in South Holland District Council but lost four seats, with Independent candidates making gains. The Conservatives now have 24 seats, with 13 Independent candidates holding power. To see how it played out and read ...

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