Council

Green Team column: Busy period as we spread the word on recycling services

By South Holland District Council waste and recycling officer Laura Simpkins It has been a busy few weeks for the waste and recycling team, who have been out and about in the community, and further afield, to talk to residents and learn more about how we can improve our recycling service. On September 16 I was at Spalding market talking ...

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Fewer flats proposed in change of use application for Spalding pub

The proposed number of flats which a Spalding pub could be converted into has been reduced. A resubmitted planning application for The Vine in Commercial Road requests permission for a change of use to four flats, not five. Spalding and District Civic Society, which commented on the original application that five was too many for the size of building, has ...

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Holbeach wins county Best Kept Town award for first time in 17 years

Holbeach has won its category in the CPRE Best Kept Village and Small Town competition 2014. After three rounds of voting, Holbeach just pipped Crowland to the title of best market town with fewer than 7,000 residents. It’s Holbeach’s first win for 17 years and has sparked celebrations among the hard-working Holbeach In Bloom committee, which comprises parish councillors, parish council ...

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New 37-home housing estate plan for Cowbit – but no shop

Plans for 37 new homes in Cowbit have been submitted to South Holland District Council. Holbeach firm Ashley King Developments wants to build the properties, which will include a 33 per cent provision for affordable housing, on 3.82 acres of land off Backgate. The plans originally included a village shop but after a public consultation it was dropped as a ...

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Call for heads to roll over libraries

Hundreds of people have signed a petition calling on county chiefs to quit over the Lincolnshire libraries “debacle”. Campaigners against the move to close libraries, get rid of more than 100 mobile library stops and cut up to 170 jobs have set up the online petition asking for the county council’s executive “to do the decent thing by the residents ...

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Green Bag Lottery rewards scheme helps waste recycling rates soar in South Holland

A waste recycling rewards scheme in South Holland is being seen as a key factor in soaring tonnage rates. The Green Bag Lottery, which has been running since February, is a district council initiative. It promotes good recycling and aims to raise awareness of its importance. During its first six month, waste recycled in South Holland rose by 16 per cent from 585 tonnes to ...

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RSPCA award for South Holland District Council’s stray dog service

The dedicated work of South Holland District Council staff who rescue stray dogs has been recognised with a prestigious award. The council has won a Bronze Footprint award in the RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprints scheme. The accolade is for the council’s stray dog service as a whole and reflects levels of policy and procedure, kennelling arrangements, relief cover, re-homing, ...

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Get set for big day of events in Spalding to celebrate pumpkin harvest

The centre of Spalding will be transformed into a colourful celebration of all things autumn at next week’s Pumpkin Festival. The popular event takes place on Friday, October 3 and promises to be another spectacular day out. The festivities – which have been a popular diary date for over a decade – are organised by South Holland District Council, sponsored ...

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Spalding community champion Mick turns his attention to tidying up town

A big-hearted community volunteer with a determination to make Spalding a more attractive place to live has targeted his next project. Mick Clarkson wants to highlight and tackle areas which have become overgrown, ugly and, in some cases, perilous to pedestrians. He’s launched Facebook page Tidy Up Spalding NOW! and is inviting group members to submit photos of places which ...

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Proposal for 39 new homes on edge of Moulton

  Thirty-nine new homes are on the cards at Moulton if planners give the go ahead. Holbeach firm Ashley King Developments has submitted plans for the houses, which will be a mix of first-time buyer and family homes, to South Holland District Council’s planning department. The proposal is to provide a private and affordable residential scheme comprising of 39 one, ...

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Maria bags £1,000 prize in South Holland District Council recycling rewards scheme

The latest lucky winner of South Holland District Council’s Green Bag Lottery has been revealed. Maria Silva, of Beech Avenue, Spalding, won the £1,000 top prize and was presented with her cheque this week. A delighted Mrs Silva said: “I am over the moon, I really can’t believe I have won.” The Green Bag Lottery, which has been running since ...

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Jack (20) aiming to be South Holland’s youngest district councillor

A 20-year-old who says he feels a duty to serve Spalding is hoping to become the youngest member on South Holland District Council. Jack McLean will be standing as a Conservative candidate in St John’s ward in the May 2015 election. Jack says he has quickly developed an admiration for the hard work of the Conservative Party in and around ...

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Owner of Spalding eyesore site told to clear it up – or face court action

The owner of a controversial eyesore site in Spalding has been ordered to clean it up or face possible court action. South Holland District Council has lost patience with Crispen Holdings over the state of the Bull and Monkie plot in Churchgate. Planning officers last week served notice on the company ordering the site to be cleaned up. The council ...

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Resurfacing work on stretch of A17 near Holbeach to start next week

Resurfacing work on the A17 at Saracen’s Head gets under way next week. The work, near Whaplode Manor, starts on Wednesday. It will take place each day between 7pm and 5am and is expected to complete by September 29. The road will remain open throughout, with temporary traffic lights and a convoy system in place. Washway Road in Saracen’s Head ...

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New town centre manager determined to realise Spalding’s potential

A new Spalding town centre manager has been recruited to shape the future of the town and help unite businesses. Ex-Army major Dennis Hannant has recently completed a 43-year career in the service and brings many years of military and commercial business experience to the role, which he starts in November. Dennis says he understands the challenges facing Spalding town ...

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BBC One spotlight for work of South Holland District Council dog warden

The varied work of South Holland District Council’s dog warden has received national recognition on BBC One – and could do again. Rachel Thompson appeared in two episodes of morning show Animal Saints and Sinners. The cases featured highlighted the sometimes harrowing work which Rachel gets involved with. One owner found her dog drowned in a drain near her home. ...

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Plea to reduce rate of spoilt recycling bags in South Holland

Residents are being urged to segregate and separate the items they put out for recycling to help cut down on contamination. South Holland District Council says the contamination rate currently stands at 13 per cent, but this figure can be improved if items are put into green bags correctly. Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for waste management, said: “Problems happen ...

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District council cabinet member: ‘Ban drivers who litter with cigarette butts’

A top councillor says motorists who throw cigarette ends out of their vehicle should be banned from driving. South Holland District Council cabinet member Gary Taylor believes some people do not actually know it’s an offence to litter from a vehicle window, including discarding cigarette ends. He said: “They see it as a natural act to dispose of it, after ...

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Spalding skate park users challenged to keep it tidy after litter pick

Spalding Skate Park has been has been cleared of rubbish again- and a leading South Holland district councillor has now challenged park users to keep it that way. Cabinet member Coun Gary Taylor is telling them: “It’s actually very simple. Keep it clean, tidy and litter free and you can all enjoy the facility, or continue as you are and ...

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Developer wins appeal to build homes on empty Dun Cow site

Homes will be built on the Ye Olde Dun Cow site at Cowbit after all. Developer Market Homes has won its appeal against South Holland District Council refusing planning permission. However, an application for costs to be met by the council was turned down. Cowbit villagers who formed The Campaign to Save Ye Olde Dun Cow ran a strong and ...

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