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  • 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.

  • As part of a government drive to encourage more people to build their own homes, councils have been asked to set up registers for individuals/groups interested in a serviced plot for custom or self-build homes.

    By registering, you will help us find out more about the demand for custom and self-build plots in South Holland, where people would like their plot to be and the type of house they would like to build.

    Cllr Christine Lawton, South Holland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: "This is an exciting and unique opportunity for people to potentially build their own dream home and I would encourage anyone interested to register as soon as possible.

    "The responses will form a plan for custom and self-build homes in the district but do not guarantee that a plot will become available."

    There is a difference between custom and self-build developments - custom build is when people work with a specialist developer to deliver their home, self-build is when people directly get involved in the design and construction of their home.

    Before registering your interest, it's worth considering what is involved and how much it could potentially cost you.

    Build costs will vary depending on the specification that you want and can afford.

    For an estimate of costs there are a number of useful toolkits which can be found through a simple internet search.

    To get an accurate build cost estimate you will need to have an idea of the following:

    · Custom/self-build option

    · Property type

    · Floor area in square metres/square feet

    · Construction method (bricks, timber frame etc)

    · Roof materials, external walls construction (stone, brick etc)

    · Heating specification

    · Budget for renewable energy sources

    · Budget for kitchen and bathroom

    · Garage equipment

    · Length of fencing

    · Length of driveway

    For more information or to sign up to the register visit www.sholland.gov.uk or call South Holland District Council's Housing Team on 01775 764630.

  • Her Majesty the Queen turns 90 on April 21 and national commemorations will centre on her official birthday weekend in June with a mass street party on the Mall called The Patron's Lunch, a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral and the traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony.

    As part of the celebrations, people across the UK are joining in with events organised locally in their own villages and towns.

    Beacon Lighting events - 21st April 2016

    There is a long standing tradition in our country of celebrating royal occasions with the lighting of beacons. The Queen's 90th birthday is another opportunity for local community groups and parish councils to celebrate this important milestone in her life.

    If you are part of a group that would like to get involved in celebrating this way then a helpful guide can be found at: http://www.nalc.gov.uk/library/news-stories/1861-queen-s-90th-birthday-beacons/file

    Street Parties - 12th June 2016

    Local communities are being encouraged to hold their own lunches and street parties. To help people set these up, the government has revised and re-launched its street party guidance, which can be found at:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/your-guide-to-organising-a-street-party

    If your local community are planning on celebrating this special occasion then please let us know and we can help promote and showcase your activities. If you are having a large event then the Council's community development team can provide support and advice.

    Clean for Queen

    Local communities were encouraged to get behind the national Clean for the Queen campaign recently. The initiative took place between 4th- 6th March saw thousands of people across the country spruce up their streets and neighbourhoods ahead of the Queens official birthday. In South Holland, several litter picks were carried out across the district.

    If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact SHDC's community development team on 01775 761161 or email community@sholland.gov.uk

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