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  • The new Local Plan for South East Lincolnshire (the areas of Boston Borough Council and South Holland District Council) has been prepared to guide development and use of land in the area up until 2036.

    It includes sites to be allocated for different types of development, such as housing and employment in order to meet the area's needs, as well as identifying areas of land which must be protected from development.

    It also covers a wide range of other planning related matters in the form of policies, against which planning applications can be judged.

    The Publication Version of the plan will be made available to residents as part of a six week consultation period starting on April 10 and running until May 22.

    This is the final round of consultation that will take place before the Plan is submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination in public.

    Unlike previous consultations, comments made must now relate to whether the Local Plan is 'sound' and complies with legal and procedural requirements - a guidance note on how to make comments is available at

    Cllr Peter Bedford, chairman of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee, said: "We have taken on board the comments you have made so far about how you would like to see Boston Borough and South Holland developed.

    "A lot of work has gone into its production and it cannot be stressed enough how important this will be in influencing where we build up until 2036.

    "You now have a final chance to comment on the plan, before it is submitted, to help shape the future for generations to come."

    All of the documents being published for consultation will be available to view from April 10 online at; in libraries and mobile libraries and at the council offices in Boston and Spalding, during normal office hours.

    You can comment on the consultation documents in the following ways:

    Comments must be received by 5pm on May 22nd. If you have commented during previous consultations it is not necessary to repeat those comments this time around as they have already been considered in reaching this stage. All comments made in previous consultations will be submitted to the Secretary of State.

    For more information contact the Local Planning team by emailing or call 01775 764476.

  • 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

  • The South Holland Jobs Fair takes place on Tuesday, April 4 and offers visitors the chance to speak to over 30 employers and training providers from a range of industries who are currently recruiting in the district.

    The popular annual event is being held at the South Holland Centre in Market Place between 10am - 2pm and is organised by South Holland District Council's Economic Development Team in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions.

    Representatives from several sectors including the food industry will be on hand to discuss current vacancies as well as offering information about a wide range of jobs.

    Visitors can get career advice and learn about the skills needed for different roles.

    Helpful hints will also be offered to anyone who is thinking of starting their own business or looking to benefit from training and development opportunities.

    Cllr Nick Worth, portfolio holder for economic development, said: "The Jobs Fair has been running for seven years now and is widely recognised as a very helpful event - last year around 400 people attended and we received plenty of positive feedback.

    "As usual there will be a wealth of advice and information for anyone looking for work or who wants to learn more about different careers and opportunities."

    For more information about the South Holland Jobs Fair contact 01775 764895 or email

  • On the last Sunday of each month between April and September, the historic Spalding venue is hosting an aviation-themed talk by a special guest.

    Each event is limited to 40 people only, so anyone interested in attending is advised to book early to avoid missing out.

    The events kick off on Sunday, April 30 with Peter Hardy from the National Memorial Arboretum presenting 'A world Class Centre of Remembrance'.

    Peter is a long standing volunteer guide at the National Memorial Arboretum and will outline the history and development of the site and provide a visual tour of some of the memorials, explaining the symbolism and stories behind them.

    Sunday, May 28 sees Alan Taylor and Syd Marshall return to speak about the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Their session will focus on the flight's formation and subsequent history.

    On Sunday, June 25 Anthony Knight from the Typhoon Entente Cordiale Trust will give a talk on the history of the Hawker Typhoon aircraft.

    The plane is a forgotten hero of World War Two and Anthony will focus on its technology, design and exciting stories of its pilots.

    On Sunday, July 30 Professor Trevor Kerry presents 'The Falgate Talk'. Donald Falgate was a Grimsby man who quickly volunteered for service in World War Two.

    He joined an Australian squadron based at Waddington and was a bomb aimer, and a master bomber. Despite this hazardous role, he survived a complete tour of duty and then went on to forge a peace-time career in the RAF.

    Kev Rumens will talk about his career as a Modern Day Bomber Pilot on Sunday, August 27. Kev has flown the Vulcan XH558 as well as Tornados and he may also touch on his commercial flying of the Dreamliner.

    On Sunday, September 24 Alastair Goodrum will focus on 'Women in Aviation'.

    His talk will feature a selection of female aeronauts who have made significant contributions to the world of aviation during the past 200 years.

    All of the events start at 2pm and cost £5 per person. To book tickets contact Ayscoughfee Hall on 01775 764555 or email

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