First step to create up to 2,000 jobs
Developers of a proposed new 60-acre business park near Spalding jumped their first hurdle when South Holland’s planners gave consent.
Ashley King Developments, of Holbeach, and Warwickshire-base Moran Asset Management are steering the Lincs Gateway Business Park on land off the A16 Cowbit Road and B1173 Barrier Bank, which could create up to 2,000 jobs.
Planners imposed conditions designed to protect people living close to the site.
Ashley King said: “We are very, very pleased that the principle of the development has been accepted and we are now going away to deal with the planning officer’s conditions.”
* Spalding Punchbowl landlord Pete Williams appealed to the public to back a petition to help save live entertainment afternoons at his New Road premises.
* Spalding man Edward Aylett won an 18-month battle to have in his grasp the Arctic Star – the medal his late father, Leonard, should have received for his role in the Royal Navy convoys that kept Russia in the Second World War.
Edward said: “As soon as I found out relatives could apply for it I knew I had to do it for my dad.
“It would have been nice if he had been able to receive it, but it’s something the family will always treasure.”
* Peace broke out at The Vista in Spalding after police brought in a dispersal order to help them deal with troublemakers.
* Kerry Foods, which employs 450 people in Spalding, was bought for an undisclosed sum by Pork Farms Group.
* Students across South Holland celebrated excellent A-level results, including Aiden Dobney, a Spalding Grammar School student, who landed a place at Cambridge to study law – Spalding High’s top student, Eloise Lawton, bagged four straight A*s.
* Holbeach newlyweds returned home from honeymoon to find their home plastered with 14,000 Post-it notes.
Jamie (34) and Emily Pharro (29) opened their front door and found everything on the ground floor, including the walls, sofa, television and even the inside of kitchen cupboards, had been covered.
Mrs Pharro said: “The notes were all over the living room walls and everything – I do think that in a few weeks we will still be finding the odd one about.”
* Plans by award-winning butchers Simpsons to move into the T Law and Sons premises in Hall Place, Spalding, were in doubt following opposition from the civic society to its £200,000 refurbishment designs.