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South Holland attractions urged to Lincolnshire County Council's tourism website

Tourism chiefs urged people in South Holland to come forward to be featured on a new website - after criticism that the area has been snubbed.

The Spalding Town Centre Steering Group heard last week how the town barely features on the new-look Visit Lincolnshire website.

Ian Marshman, historic environment officer at Lincolnshire County Council, told members they wouldn’t be pleased with the area’s representation on the county-wide site if they looked at it.

Vintage vehicles are parked in front of Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding
Vintage vehicles are parked in front of Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding

He said there’s ‘almost nothing’ about the area featured, barring one piece on Ayscoughfee Hall and one on Springfields.

County bosses have since told the Spalding Guardian that the site is still a work in progress - and issued a plea for people here to send information in to them to get featured.

Mary Powell, tourism manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We launched the first phase of the new Visit Lincolnshire website in March, featuring many attractions all around the county.

“We were keen to show what an amazing location Lincolnshire is for the great outdoors - particularly walking and cycling, and to get it up and running as people were considering where they may visit this year.

“I’m pleased to say that we have already got a meeting planned with South Holland District Council to look at better representation from this part of Lincolnshire.

“The development of the site is a long-term piece of work and we’re really keen that businesses and attractions get in touch to be featured on the website and work with us to keep it up to date – especially those hidden gems that are less well-known.

“Please get in touch with us through the contact form on the website if you want to be featured.”

The website shows Spalding bracketed together in a ‘south countryside’ section with Bourne and Stamford.

There are category pages for Lincoln, Boston, the Lincolnshire Wolds, the coast, ‘heart of Lincolnshire’, ‘north of Lincoln’ and the ‘north countryside’.

At the meeting of the steering group, held over Zoom, Mr Marshman said he had spoken to someone about the issue and was told that South Holland doesn’t ‘give them any information’.

He said: “I think the churches here and the Fens are something we should be promoting.”

New steering group chairman Rodney Grocock - a former county councillor - said: “There’s never been all that much coming from Lincoln to South Holland in any aspect.”

He added: “Lincoln keep everything in the north and forget there’s a south bit to it.”

The tourism site can be reached at www.visitlincolnshire.com.

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