Council

New leases of life for historic Spalding buildings

Market Place in Spalding has received a welcome double tonic. Part of the former White Hart Hotel and the neighbouring ex-Wimpy burger bar are to be given new leases of life thanks to successful planning applications. At the former hotel – a Grade II* listed building – internal alterations will create two units on the ground floor and a large ...

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Well-known faces in Spalding wed after ‘saving up’ for 37 years!

Two of Spalding’s best-known faces finally married on Sunday – after 37 years together. Alan Porter and Angela Newton decided to take the plunge after “saving up”! But Angela, leader of the Independent group at South Holland District Council, revealed that there won’t be Porters on opposite sides of the council chamber. She will retain the surname Newton for her ...

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Holbeach Food Festival links up with town’s annual fayre

CCF16052014 The first Holbeach Food Festival launches next month to promote locally grown produce. And organisers are linking in with the ever-popular Holbeach Town and Country Fayre on the same weekend. Visitors will be shuttled between both sites free of charge by the Holbeach Community Bus. South Holland district councillor Nick Worth said: “We’re hoping that people will enjoy a ...

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Nine South Holland households each bag £100 in recycling scheme

Nine more South Holland residents have each been awarded £100 cash for demonstrating good recycling habits. That takes the total number of £100 winners since the district council’s Green Bag Lottery began to 26. The scheme rewards residents who correctly present green bags of recycling for at least three weeks of each four-week period. Ten households are secretly selected to ...

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Chairman will focus efforts on new start-ups

Small businesses are to be the focus of efforts by Lincolnshire County Council’s new chairman. Coun Bill Aron took over the role on Friday from Coun Ray Wootton and has expressed an eagerness to use his time as chairman to help new businesses get off the ground. Promoting tourism will also be high on his agenda. He said: “I’m delighted ...

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Consultation on Spalding’s roads

Consultation is due to begin early next month on the future of Spalding’s traffic and travel network. The new transport strategy is a joint initiative between Lincolnshire County Council and South Holland District Council and will provide a clear focus on the main challenges facing Spalding now, and in the future. The town is earmarked for significant growth in the ...

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Spalding travellers’ site: Family’s relief over long-running illegal encampment

The Gosberton Clough family arguably most affected by the unauthorised travellers’ site in the village say they are “relieved” at the outcome. The new Spalding site – which will have ten pitches, each able to accommodate three caravans – will serve as a replacement for the Broad Drove encampment. The Hoyle family, whose house is just across a single-track road from ...

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Planning councillor legally advised not to vote over Spalding travellers’ site

  A planning committee member who was against approving the new Spalding travellers’ site was legally advised not to take part in the vote. Coun Anthony Casson – ward member for Moulton, Weston and Cowbit – was told it was best not to vote after he had firmly declared his opposition to the plan at a public meeting in Cowbit. ...

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Tightest of margins sees controversial Spalding travellers’ site approved

A controversial new travellers’ site for Spalding has been granted planning permission by the tightest of margins. During a two-hour debate before a packed public gallery, members of South Holland District Council’s planning committee were torn over whether the site off Drain Bank North was suitable. The result of a vote on approving the plan was 6-6. The tie meant ...

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Community libraries given the go-ahead

Community groups have been given the go-ahead to run libraries as part of an overhaul of the county’s service. Business plans and applications for grant funding for new community hubs – which include libraries – have been granted in 30 towns and villages across the county, including Holbeach, Pinchbeck, Donington and Crowland. Groups which had applied to take over the ...

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Lincolnshire County Council tackles pothole repairs with machine trial

A new piece of kit which can fill up to 300 potholes in one day has been trialled in South Holland. The Roadmaster Velocity Patcher is dubbed “the world’s most advanced potholing machine” has already repaired a number of roads in Sutton St James and has been in Spalding for the past three weeks. Lincolnshire County Council is one of ...

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South Holland District Council ‘narrow-minded’ over caravan park extension

A retired couple with a passion for motorhoming have criticised South Holland District Council for turning down a village pub’s plan to extend its premises and the adjoining caravan site. Michael and Laurel Harding, formerly of Kent, now live in Lutton after enjoying several return trips to south Lincolnshire. They say the planning committee’s decision over the Rose and Crown ...

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Be quick to get your activity or event in Summer Fun brochure

South Holland District Council’s Summer Fun brochure is being compiled at the moment and submissions for inclusion are invited. Any community group, venue or organisation running arts, sports or cultural activities for children and/or young people in South Holland over the summer holidays can have their activities and events listed free of charge. The brochure is distributed to every pupil ...

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Volunteers help Surfleet look spick and span again with Litter Blitz

  Surfleet is looking smarter now thanks to a litter pick by members of the community. Seven people took part in South Holland District Council’s latest Litter Blitz venue. The pick focused on local litter hotspots including the A16 underpass and the reservoir. Local resident and Surfleet parish councillor Judy Chapman organised the event as part of the environmental parish ...

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All you need to know about the European Elections

The European elections take place later this month and if you’ve had a polling card through your letterbox but know very little about it all, we’re here to help. The elections take place from May 22 to 25 and give voters the chance to influence the future political course of the European Union for the next five years. Each member ...

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Library closures ‘on hold’ until court makes decision

Plans to close some Lincolnshire libraries to save £1.9million have been put on hold until a review has been carried out by the High Court. Lincolnshire County Council has agreed not to go ahead with its plan to sell off or lease the existing libraries until the decision of the court is known and will continue to maintain libraries at ...

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Starving young dog found abandoned in Spalding

A young, starving dog has been found abandoned and tied up under a Spalding bridge. The bitch, thought to be about 18 months old, was discovered by a member of the public at the Coronation Channel on Tuesday. The ribs of the undernourished dog – named Star by those now looking after her – are clearly visible. South Holland District ...

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Chance to help monitor conduct

Lincolnshire County Council is looking for someone to take on the role of “Independent Person” to assist the monitoring officer. County councillors work to an agreed code of conduct and occasionally become the subject of complaints that they have not met the standards set out by that code. The independent person will help the council’s monitoring officer by giving advice, ...

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Parents in Lincolnshire reminded to prepare for primary school offers

Parents who have applied online for their child to start school in reception or transfer to junior school in September can collect their offer from Wednesday (April 16). Lincolnshire County Council will post offer letters to parents using a paper form on the same day. The council advises parents to accept the place offered even if the school was not ...

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Success in tackling street drinking

Efforts to tackle street drinking in Spalding town centre have been heralded a success. South Holland District Council says its partnership approach to the problem – which many people have claimed causes them to feel intimidated – has had a noticeable effect, with statistics showing a significant reduction in the need for police intervention. Between June and July last year ...

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