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  • A new Local Plan is being prepared for South East Lincolnshire (the areas of Boston Borough Council and South Holland District Council) to guide the development and use of land up until 2036, including the provision of some 18,000 dwellings.

    The South East Lincolnshire Local Plan is being produced by Boston Borough Council, South Holland District Council and Lincolnshire County Council working in partnership.

    As part of the preparation of the Local Plan, a public consultation is being held from 8 January to 19 February 2016 which will see a series of 'drop-in' exhibition events held across the area.

    Residents and business representatives are invited to come along and have their say on a variety of topics, including housing site options for towns and villages and where facilities such as schools, GP surgeries and open space should be located in order to support the new homes. This will help determine which sites are most suitable for development.

    The Local Plan will also help to determine sites for future business use, to assist in the creation of the 17,000 jobs needed in South East Lincolnshire.

    Other proposals concern the delivery of the Spalding Western Relief Road and the Boston Distributor Road.

    This stage of the Local Plan is about involving local communities in making choices from many options - and, as yet, no firm decisions have been made on where growth will happen.

    Responses to this consultation will be taken into account in finalising the Local Plan which will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination in late 2016.

    Cllr Roger Gambba-Jones, South Holland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Planning and current Chairman of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee, said: "The new Local Plan is going shape the future growth of South East Lincolnshire, so it's vitally important that people have their say on the proposals.

    "The plan will identify opportunities for growth and set out guidance on the development that will be permitted and where it will go.

    "So please don't miss out on this rare opportunity to be involved in shaping our area's future."

    The draft Local Plan and Policies Map are available to inspect at:


    · at each council's offices; and

    · at any libraries in the area

    There will be permanent exhibitions at Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR and at Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding PE11 2XE during the consultation period between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm.

    The Policies Map Insets show whether any new development is planned in your area.

    A list of the drop-in sessions is below. If you would like to have your say on the Local Plan but can't attend any of the events, you can write to us at:

    · South East Lincolnshire Local Plan, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 8QR; or E-mail

    The deadline for responses is 5pm on 19 February 2016.

    Drop-in sessions take place at the following dates/venues between 3.30pm and 7.30pm:

    Swineshead Village Hall, North End and Pinchbeck Village Hall, Knight Street - Wednesday 13 January

    Wyberton Parish Hall, London Road and Sutton Bridge Curlew Centre, Bridge Road - Friday 15 January

    Old Leake Community Centre, Furlongs Lane and Long Sutton Market House, Market Street - Monday 18 January

    Kirton Town Hall, Station Road - Wednesday 20 January

    Butterwick Village Hall, Church Road and Donington Ruby Hunt Centre, Church Street - Friday 22 January

    Sutterton Village Hall, Park Avenue - Monday 25 January

    Gedney Hill Memorial Hall, Hill Gate - Tuesday 26 January

    Holbeach Community Centre, Fishpond Lane - Thursday 28 January

    Surfleet Village Hall, Station Road - Tuesday 2 February

    Crowland British Legion Hall, Broadway - Friday 5 February

    South Holland Centre Market Place, Spalding - Tuesday 9 February (from 11am - 3pm)

    Cowbit Village Hall, Barrier Bank - Wednesday 10 February

  • Local businesses are being invited to attend a special event to find out more about how they could win contracts to provide services for South Holland District Council.

    The Meet the District Council Buyers event, to be held on 24th February, will give businesses a chance to speak to members of the council's various teams about the diverse range of goods and services bought by South Holland. The event is open to all local businesses.

    The companies will have an opportunity to hear more about how South Holland selects suppliers before talking about the services they can provide and how they could support the council to deliver first class services to residents and businesses. The event will also provide an opportunity for networking with other local businesses.

    Julie Kennealy, South Holland District Council's Executive Director of Commercialisation, commented: "South Holland buys a vast range of goods and services on behalf of residents and businesses, as well as behind the scenes services which enable the council to operate".

    Cllr Nick Worth, Portfolio holder for Commercialisation, said: "This event will provide local businesses an opportunity to find out more about the sort of contracts that South Holland offers and how they could become a supplier in the future. It also means our teams can find out more about the businesses that are out there which are offering new and exciting ideas, services, and ways of operating, which could help us further enhance our services and become more efficient and effective".

    When booking their place, businesses will be asked to identify their area of expertise so they can be matched with the most appropriate Council team. Service categories range from architects and financial services, to cleaning services, marketing materials, and security, so any business will be able to attend.

    The Meet the District Council Buyers event will take place at the South Holland Centre, 23 Market Place, Spalding, PE11 1SS on 24th February, from 4pm. The closing date for registration is 5.30pm on 15th February. For more information and to book your place,

  • Simply visit the new-look website from Monday, February 15 and complete a four-step process to secure your collection.

    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.

    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 Spalding households one week and Holbeach, Crowland, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, Donington, Gosberton and Surfleet 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.

  • Rafat Thoun, who ran 'Downtown' and latterly 'Time Square' in Winsover Road, was sentenced to 12 months in prison during a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday.

    He was also prohibited from participating in the management of any food business for life.

    Judge Michael Heath sentenced him to 12 months imprisonment concurrently on each of the 11 offences. He also made a Hygiene Prohibition Order. Thoun had pleaded guilty to the charges.  

    During inspections food safety officers found meat debris and congealed fat on the side of a kebab machine.

    In a fridge an open container of butter had a dead beetle inside while another butter container was filthy and congealed.

    Open tins of beans were stale and hard. An out-of-date packet of prawns was inside one fridge and a knife used for cutting meat had evidence of maggots on it.

    In his summing up, Judge Heath said: "This was a shocking case that demonstrates a pattern of serious food hygiene offences and shows the defendant's complete disregard for food safety which put customers at serious risk to their health."  

    He highlighted that the offences were set against the background of previous enforcement action and warnings, which Thoun ignored.

    The Judge found that the only inference to draw was that he did not implement adequate hygiene standards out of a desire to save money and maximise profits.  

    He found that Thoun had either intentionally breached the law or flagrantly disregarded it meaning that a custodial sentence was necessary.  

    He noted that Thoun had ignored free advice from the council's officers and a training DVD.  

    Thoun had also attempted to avoid responsibility for the offences by not attending Court on three occasions and lying about his bail address.  

    Judge Heath said it was surprising that no one had become seriously ill as result of eating food there.

    Craig Fowler, Food, Health and Safety Manager for South Holland District Council, said: "This is one of the worst cases of continued non-compliance I have seen in my near 20 year career in Environmental Health.

    "A total disregard for food safety and authority was apparent. Once we began to take enforcement action, Thoun thought that he could escape justice by running away.

    "We take our public protection responsibilities seriously and we will pursue offenders so that they are brought to justice and where necessary prevented from managing any future food businesses so that the public are properly protected."

    Cllr Malcolm Chandler, portfolio holder for Food Safety, said: "The Food, Health and Safety team carried out approximately 870 enforcement actions last year, including unannounced inspections to food business.  

    "We work hard with owners and managers and provide coaching and education if necessary to raise standards.  

    "We have an ongoing coaching programme aimed at businesses which have low-ranked Food Hygiene Ratings. We also offer high quality, local food hygiene training and consultancy.

    "I strongly encourage all involved to take full advantage of the services the team offer to ensure that acceptable standards are maintained.

    "The premises in question had a history of having the lowest Food Hygiene Rating but refused assistance.

    "We fully support the local food economy and where businesses choose not to implement the required standards we have used both informal and formal enforcement methods.

    "This premises has been subject to legal enforcement notices and formal closure by our Food, Health and Safety Team.  

    "It is important that we safeguard the public from poor and potentially dangerous premises.

    "The individual concerned has been banned from managing a food business as the court clearly viewed the fact that he was unfit to do so. 

    "I trust this will send a clear message to food businesses and will assure the public that they can eat in confidence in South Holland."


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    A manuscript charting details of local families over hundreds of years is on display at @AyscoughfeeHall

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    From Monday you'll be able to sign up for our new garden waste collection pilot service. Full details here:

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    Do you work in catering? We're running Level 2 Awards in Food Safety with @southkesteven details here:

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    Another reminder that you can sign up for our new garden waste collection pilot scheme from Monday

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