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  • The 'Christmas Licensing Workshop' takes place in the Council Chamber at South Holland District Council's offices in Priory Road, Spalding, on Monday, November 13 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

    Organised by the council's Licensing Committee, it will feature speakers from Lincolnshire Police, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, Trading Standards, Drugs Awareness, The Spalding Street Pastors and the Environmental Health Training and Consultancy (EHT&C).

    They will take turns to guide guests through up-to-date licensing information and current issues which may impact upon their business. This will prove invaluable for businesses such as shops, pubs and off-licences as they prepare for one of the busiest times of year.

    Angela Harrison, Chair of the Licensing Committee, said: "The event will be a great opportunity for licence holders to come along and speak with people who can refresh their understanding of the various dos and don'ts involved with licensing.

    "A big part of the event will be communicating the most up-to-date information which licence holders may not be up to speed with."

    Tracey Carter, Vice Chair of the Committee, added: "Each speaker will work in roughly 30 minute slots and there will be a chance for guests to network and ask any questions.

    "We're confident that the event will prove extremely beneficial for licence holders and we look forward to seeing them there."

    Guests are invited to attend from 2pm when refreshments will be served. Everyone who attends will receive a free information pack.

    For more information about the event call and to book places call 01775 761161 or email

  • The hugely popular Spalding Pumpkin Festival takes place on Friday, October 13 11am-8pm 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 by Spalding firm David Bowman Pumpkins Ltd and supported by the Spalding and Welland Rotary Club, Spalding Lions and Transported.

    Cllr Gary Taylor, South Holland District Council's portfolio holder for community, said: "The festival is one of the highlights of our events calendar and always proves an enjoyable experience, especially for young families.

    "This year's event is shaping up to be another fun-filled occasion and we look forward to welcoming many visitors to the town centre."

    Local schools and groups are encouraged to take part in the build-up and festival itself.

    David Bowman, who is Europe's largest producer of pumpkins, donates thousands of the fruit to schools and pupils can carve and decorate them before taking their creations along to the big day.

    The Festival Market will be in the Sheep Market from 11am where you can browse a mix of pumpkin themed stalls from local charities, community groups and local producers. Street entertainment and arts and crafts activities will be available throughout the day.

    There will be live entertainment from 4.30pm including a performance by circus glow artist Katy Sea.

    From 5.20pm the popular fancy dress competition takes place, organised by Spalding Lions where one lucky winner will lead the enchanting pumpkin parade in the Rotary's magical pumpkin coach.

    The contest, which will be announced by Jan Whitbourn from Tulip Events, is split into three age categories: 0 - 4 year-olds, 5 - 7 year-olds and 8 - 12 year-olds.

    The procession will meet in Sheep Market for 6.20pm, and set off at 6.30pm. Transported is once again working with emccan (the East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Network) to bring a carnival element to the Pumpkin Parade - working with pupils from the John Harrox School, Spalding High School, and the Priory School to create light up flags, headdresses and carnival costumes. Local dancers will also be taking part in the parade, joining with a professional dance troupe and carnival kings and queens from around the East Midlands.

    The Crescent Retailers are holding a Pumpkin Competition, which will see children challenged to find 10 different animals located in shop windows in The Crescent.

    To take part, collect a competition form from Bookmark and once completed return it there. One winner will be randomly picked and win a £50 prize.

    Members of South Holland District Council's Community Development Team will be on hand at the festival to offer free wristbands to parents who have young children - these can be worn by youngsters to help ensure they are easily reunited with their families should they become lost in the crowds.

    The climax of the night is a spectacular fireworks display from the top of the South Holland Centre at 7.30pm.

    Meanwhile, Spalding Library will be hosting pumpkin-themed events for pre-school children throughout the week, including a 'Messy Morning' on Monday from 10.30 - 11am, a Rhyme Time session on Thursday from 10.30 - 11am and Storytime Session on Friday from 10.30am - 11am. Their Saturday morning children's craft drop in between 10.00 am - 12 noon will also theme pumpkins that week.

    Businesses that would like top get involved in the festival can contact SHDC's Community Development team on 01775 761161 or by emailing


    Road closures on Friday, October 13

    Roads closed for the entire day are as follows:

    Sheep Market:  7am - 10pm

    Sheep Market Car Park:  closed all day

    Market Place / Hall Place:  4pm - 10pm (these areas are already pedestrianised from 10am - 4.30pm so this road closure is an extension of the traffic restrictions already in place).


    Rolling Road Closures on the Parade Route are as follows from 6pm:

    Station Street / Spring Gardens

    London Road

    Haverfield Road

    Priory Road

    High Bridge

    The Crescent

  • A full road closure of the A151 will start on Monday 24 July at 7am and is expected to last for around six weeks. The signed diversion route for the closure will be via the A151 to the A16 to the A17.

    In addition, there will be a full night-time closure of the A17 between the hours of 7pm to 6am for ten days starting on Monday 24 July. During the closure, the signed diversion route for the closure will be via the A1101 to the A47 to the A16.

    Both temporary closures will include weekend days and are subject to reasonable weather conditions. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained throughout the works.

    Following these closures, and where possible, Eurovia will return to working offline, without traffic management, to minimise disruption to traffic flows on the A151 and A17.

    Cllr Richard Davies, Lincolnshire County Council's Executive Member for Highways, said: "On the ground, improvements at Peppermint Junction are moving forward rapidly.

    "Contractors are nearly finished carrying out a range of early works, including constructing manholes, extending culverts, carrying out drainage works, digging trenches and diverting overhead power lines. In fact, the team is now ready to start laying tarmac on parts of the new roundabout.

    "Due to the nature of the works, there will inevitably be some temporary disruptions, so we ask for your patience as any short-term inconvenience will be greatly outweighed by the long-term benefits this scheme will bring when complete early next year."

    The £5.4m Peppermint Junction highway improvement scheme, which is part-funded by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Growth Fund, will see the current junction replaced with a roundabout connecting the A17 to the A151. A second roundabout will provide access to housing and commercial development land for a South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone and the proposed Holbeach West housing development.

    For more information this and other major highways projects, visit

  • Webcast footage of South Holland District Council's Planning Committee meetings can be viewed here

    The next meeting takes place on Wednesday, October 6 from 6.30pm.

  • General accessibility improvements have been made to the site, making it easier to use for residents who have difficulty reading website text or are blind.

    Users can now have website text read out, change the colour, font and size of text, magnify sections of the page and alter the background colour.

    To help everybody access the site, there is now the ability to have website pages translated into several different languages.

    To start using these options, visit and click on 'Accessibility' at the top of the page.

    Cllr Sally Slade, South Holland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Digital and Customer Access, said: "We are keen to make the website as easy to use as possible, for all our residents and these developments will certainly help to make a positive difference.

    "This is just one example of our pledge to provide digital services that are so good residents chose to use them."

    These latest improvements are the first of several planned website upgrades scheduled to take place throughout 2017, with news of another significant update to follow shortly.
    For more information visit

  • Accessing information from South Holland District Council's website is now quicker and easier, with users having the option to create their own individual online account.

    The website now has a 'My Account' facility, allowing users to create personal accounts, which once logged into, instantly provides information tailored to the individual.

    To create an account, visit and click on the 'My Account' option at the top of the page and fill in a short form to confirm your name, address and contact details. You will also be asked to create a user name and password.

    Once registered, users can log into their accounts and will be able to:


    • View their localised waste collection dates (including bank holiday variations) - This is also tied to the Garden waste service, identifying if the resident is in an area covered and if there is availability

    • View their ward councillor(s) without the need to search

    • Be notified of any local flood warnings


    Being logged in via the My Account facility also allows the following online forms to be pre populated with user's personal details, making it quicker and easier for users to complete them:


    • Bulky waste

    • Garden Waste

    • Abandoned Vehicle

    • Flytipping

    • FOI request

    • Feedback form

    • Council tax online service


    A spokesperson for South Holland District Council, said: "These latest improvements will help residents access personal information quickly without having to search for it.

    "Last year we completely re-vamped the website and it has been positively received. We want to continue to improve it and make the process of accessing information as straightforward and as user-friendly as possible."

    These latest improvements are the first of several planned website updates scheduled to take place throughout 2017.

    For more information visit

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