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  • Planning to vote in the EU referendum?

    Here's what you need to do:

    · If you are already registered to vote and are eligible (see below) you can vote in the referendum - you don't need to do anything else.

    · If you are not sure whether you are registered please contact the Council's Customer Services on 01775 761161.

    · If you're not registered to vote, you can do so online quickly and easily. You must register to vote before June 7.

    · If you're away ahead of or on referendum day and usually vote in person, consider a postal or proxy vote.

    · If you're not sure where you can vote, check your polling card which will be sent through the post. 

    Are you registered to vote?

    If you are on the electoral role (you are registered to vote in elections), you do not need to do anything extra to vote in the referendum. If you're not sure whether you are registered, you can contact the Council's Customer Services.

    Need to register?

    If you're not registered already, you can register to vote quickly and easily at the Gov.uk website. It usually takes about 5 minutes and you will need your National Insurance number and your passport (if you're a British citizen living abroad).

    To take part in the referendum on 23 June you must register by 7 June, but if you are already registered please don't register again.

    Eligibility to vote in the referendum

    You can vote in the referendum if you are registered to vote in the UK, are 18 or over on 23 June 2016 and are:

    • A British or Irish citizen living in the UK, or
    • A Commonwealth citizen living in the UK who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK
    • A British citizen living overseas who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years
    • An Irish citizen living overseas who was born in Northern Ireland and who has been registered to vote in Northern Ireland in the last 15 years

    More information about the EU Referendum, including who can vote and how to vote, can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

    The AboutMyVote website includes information for British citizens  living overseas.

    Not going to be able to vote in person?

    Postal Vote

    Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. If you haven't already arranged to vote by post in elections, you will need to apply by 5pm on Wednesday 8 June to vote by post in the EU Referendum (including proxy postal votes). Please note you will need to be a registered elector to apply for a postal vote.

    You can obtain an application to vote by post online. Please download the form, print it out, complete and sign it, and return it to South Holland District Council before the above deadline. This can be by hand/post to Electoral Services, Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding PE11 2XE or as a scanned email attachment to elections@sholland.gov.uk. Note that the dates that the postal vote ballot papers are being dispatched will depend when you applied for a postal vote and it was granted:

    • for applications processed before 11 May 2016, ballot papers will be dispatched to overseas addresses by the end of May or dispatched to UK addresses by 2 June 2016
    • for application processed between 11 May 2016 and the 8 June 2016 deadline, ballot papers will be dispatched to all addresses by 14 June 2016

    Please note that postal vote ballot paper packs may take several days and it will depend on the postal service when they are delivered. Alternatively you can request that the postal ballot papers are sent to a different address but the same timetable does apply. The completed postal vote ballot papers need to be returned in time to arrive at South Holland District Council, Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding PE11 2XE by the 23 June 2016 election day deadline. You should consider the risks of postal delays.

    Proxy Vote

    Another option is to apply for somebody to vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote. The proxy must be confirmed on the Electoral Register too. You will need to apply by 5pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016 for a proxy casting a vote at your polling station.

    You can obtain an application to vote by proxy online. Please download the form, print it out, complete and sign it, and return it to South Holland District Council before the above deadline. This can be by hand/post to Electoral Services, Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding or as a scanned email attachment to elections@sholland.gov.uk.

    If your proxy wants to vote by post they need to submit their postal proxy vote application for receipt at the Council Offices before 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016 and your application to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf would also need to be here for that deadline.

    Where you can vote

    Your polling card will tell you where your polling station is. This is where you need to go on 23 June to cast your vote. Polling stations are open 7am-10pm. You can also check the location of our polling station contacting the Council's Customer Services on 01775 761161.

  • South Holland is the latest community to get involved in the Global Soup Movement which organises live crowd-funding events.

    The events, which are supported by South Holland District Council's Community Development team, see people coming together to pitch ideas for improving community life to an audience who vote for their favourite suggestion.

    The chosen idea is then awarded crowd-funded cash to help make it happen.

    But before all that takes place, judges narrow down all submitted ideas to just four to go before the audience.

    A pilot Soup event is being held at Tonic Health at Broadgate House in Spalding on Tuesday, July 5 between 7-9pm and organisers are looking for judges.

    Karen Johnson, Community Development Officer for South Holland District Council, said: "After experiencing a Soup event in Sheffield, I was compelled to bring it to South Holland.

    "Soup events are fun, sociable evenings which bring communities together. Anyone can be a judge, providing they live in South Holland."

    Pennie Raven, who is helping to launch the initiative, added: "Applying to pitch an idea is easy. There's no complicated application form, simply tell us what you want to do."

    Anyone can come along to the pilot event, a donation of £5 is requested. There will be freshly-cooked soup on offer.

    To sign up a volunteer judge visit https://southhollandsoup.wordpress.com/ or for more information call South Holland District Council's Community Development team on 01775 761161 or email community@sholland.gov.uk

  • The historic Spalding venue is hosting a special event on Saturday, June 11 from 11am - 2pm to tie in with celebrations taking place across the UK.

    Families are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy in Ayscoughfee Gardens and take part in Royal-themed arts and crafts, face painting and garden games. 

    There will also be Royal commemoratives on display, all from the Ayscoughfee Hall collection.

    Cllr Gary Taylor, South Holland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Community, said: "This promises to be a fantastic occasion which people of all ages will be able to enjoy.

    "We recently held a civic beacon-lighting event at Ayscoughfee to mark Her Majesty's 90th birthday in April.

    "We now look forward to double the celebration for the Queen's official birthday on June 11 and invite residents to join in the fun."

    Organisers are also keen to hear your stories of Royal celebrations in South Holland from years gone by.

    To share your story contact Ayscoughfee Hall on 01775 764555, email museum@sholland.gov.uk or simply speak to staff at the venue.

  • Simply visit the new-look website www.sholland.gov.uk/gardenwaste and complete a four-step process to secure your collection.

    The service has been approved to go ahead for a trial period of two years and the first collections will take place in April 2016. The areas of the district covered in year one of the trial are parts of Spalding, Holbeach, Crowland, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge and Donington.

    Householders currently not in the pilot area can still enter their properties details and be added to a waiting list.

    If you don't have internet access you can call or pop in to our customer service centre at our offices in Priory Road, Spalding.

    The pilot scheme is initially only offered to 2,500 households so subscriptions will be on a first come first served basis.

    Householders are encouraged to register their interest as the pilot areas will then be extended based on demand for the scheme.

    Once households have successfully signed up to the scheme a brown wheeled bin will be delivered to their households. Collections will then commence in April.

    A high demand for the service is anticipated and given that spaces are limited, residents are being urged to sign up right away to avoid being placed on a waiting list. 

    Cllr Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for waste management, said: "We are committed to helping residents recycle and believe that this scheme represents excellent value for money.

    "I would urge anyone interested in signing up to do so straight away on February 15 to avoid disappointment."

    The scheme will see a total of 250 daily kerbside collections on a two-week rota.

    This will be split between areas of Spalding one week and Holbeach, Crowland, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge and Donington the next week.

    There will be an initial charge of £49 for 24 collections a year and an initial one off charge of £15 to cover extras including delivery and lease of the bins.

    Residents wishing to participate on an ad hoc basis or those living in a property which isn't suitable for a wheelie bin can purchase paper sacks.

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