Council

Council aims for digital age

South Holland District Council is looking to save money by changing the way it deals with residents. A new customer access strategy outlines plans to potentially save £206,000 a year by making the website the main point of contact. “The council will prioritise online and automated services wherever possible,” said a report that went before cabinet members on Tuesday. “Phone ...

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Local Plan formally adopted

A strategy that provides a blueprint for all future development in South Holland and Boston has been formally adopted. The South East Lincolnshire Local Plan was given the green light by members of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee – a partnership of South Holland District Council, Boston Borough and Lincolnshire County Council at a meeting at Boston ...

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Get ready for a Spring Clean

The dates for The Great British Spring Clean events in South Holland have been revealed. As stated previously in The Voice, South Holland District Council’s Pride team is getting on board with the national campaign. It has organised dates across South Holland, and you can join the team to help with making your area look sparkling. The dates of community ...

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Coroner to report A16 junction after four fatalities

A junction on the A16 at Crowland is to be reported to the Government and Lincolnshire County Council by a senior coroner as “not a fit and proper configuration”. The ‘island’ junction – where the B1166 Hulls Drove and James Road meet the trunk road – has been the scene of up to four fatalities since its installation in 2010, ...

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New operator at leisure sites

New providers have taken over the district’s leisure sites, with a pledge to focus on customer service and cleanliness – two issues that have dogged the Spalding facility in recent times. Parkwood this week replaced 1Life as operators of the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding and Long Sutton’s Peele Leisure Centre, and pledged to improve both facilities. The five-year contract ...

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Historic Spalding waterway found on site proposed for flats

It’s been revealed a historic waterway unknown to local historians has been discovered on a site where 18 flats in Spalding have been recommended for approval to be built. South Holland District Council is recommended to accept the plans for the former Fitness Company at Spring Gardens when it meets on Wednesday, March 13, despite opposition from local residents. The ...

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Council Tax cost of empty homes could rocket

Council Tax bills for those owning empty residential property could go up by four times the original cost. The bill for an empty home can already be 200 per cent of the annual band amount from next month. From April next year the bill could rise to 300 per cent and increase further to 400 per cent in 2021. The ...

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Will you run? A guide to this year’s elections

The district council elections take place on May 2 this year and if you’ve ever thought of running for election, here’s all you need to know. In May, 37 positions in South Holland District Council will be up for grabs. Since the 2015 election, the council has been made up of 28 councillors representing the Conservative Party and nine independent ...

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Woman texted partner about marriage weeks before allegedly murdering him

A woman accused of murdering her partner after driving for nearly 200 metres with him on the bonnet of their car had discussed marriage with him just weeks earlier, a jury was told. Alison Skingsly exchanged text messages with Kevin Nix in which talked about getting married, the jury heard. James Thomas, prosecuting, read out a series of texts between ...

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Council tax rise approved as 2019/20 budget set

South Holland District Council has agreed to increase council tax by almost 3 per cent. At last night’s full council meeting (Wednesday), the 2019/20 budget was approved, meaning residents will face a 2.91 per cent tax rise for district council services. The 2019/20 budget, which the council has called a “strong and clear financial plan” includes the building of affordable ...

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Anger over siting of Spalding relief road

The route of a new relief road around Spalding may change after a backlash from residents whose homes could be lost in the project. One resident of Bourne Road said there had been no contact with him or his neighbours about the route. Lincolnshire County Council is currently consulting on the South West Relief Road and the suggestion that nine ...

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Council to build homes on Spalding playing field?

Controversial plans for South Holland District Council to build affordable homes on a Spalding playing field could be resurrected. Welland Homes, the housing company solely owned by South Holland District Council, submitted an outline planning application to build up to 24 homes on land off Severn Road designated as public open space in 2016. A decision on that application was ...

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Plan for ‘pay to use’ loos in South Holland

Brand new toilet facilities that the public would have to pay to use are being looked at for towns in South Holland. Councillors branded the current public facilities as being in ‘dire need of replacing’ as a report on their state came before South Holland District Council’s cabinet last week. It led to SHDC’s portfolio holder for place Coun Roger ...

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Drainage cost to South Holland tax payers reaches £2.4m

The cost of keeping South Holland flood free has increased by two per cent to over £2.4 million, 18 per cent of South Holland District Council’s budget. That’s how much the authority estimates it will pay the drainage boards using its share of the council tax money in the next financial year. During last week’s cabinet meeting of the authority, ...

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Rising staff costs in council budget

The amount South Holland District Council pays for its employees is estimated to rise to around £1.6m more next year than it originally estimated for this year, its budget shows. According to the document, what the council pays towards its employees is expected to rise to just under £9.2m in 2019/20. During the current financial year it was originally estimated ...

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Plans for 64 new village homes in Pinchbeck

Plans have been submitted for 64 new homes on the outskirts of Pinchbeck. The site would be accessed from Surfleet Road and incorporates a smaller site which has already been approved for housing. Currently agricultural land, some 55 per cent of the 10-acre (4.07 ha) site already has approval for homes and both areas will have 25 per cent affordable ...

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Over 100 turn out in first hour of Relief Road consultation

Residents were queuing out the door as the first public consultation event on the Spalding Western Relief Road opened its doors on Tuesday afternoon. Within the first hour over 100 people had attempted to get into the Woodlands Hotel. After a consultation event at Pinchbeck Community Hub and Library today (Wednesday, 2pm to 8pm) the sessions continue at the hotel ...

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Satnavs sending lorries down lane

The poor condition of a Moulton road has prompted a resident to take action against HGVs he said shouldn’t be using it. Lorry drivers travelling through Moulton being misinformed by their satnavs is one major cause of the problems the road faces, said John Carter, a resident of Shivean Gate. Mr Carter has spoken to land owners, Sir John Hayes ...

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An extra rise for Council Tax bills

Council Tax bills across Lincolnshire are set to rise by more than previously expected. The county council was discussing a 3.95 per cent rise at meetings in December. But a meeting of the executive was held this week when another one per cent was agreed. The increase will see the county’s part of a Band D property’s bill rise to ...

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Homes bid for lifestyle centre

A bid to build 72 homes on the current Spalding Lifestyle and Garden Centre commercial premises next to Johnson Hospital has been submitted. Kaplan Property Group is looking to build 57 two-storey homes and 15 two- and three-storey flats as well as a public open space on the site just off Spalding Road in Pinchbeck. Spalding Lifestyle is currently home ...

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