ELECTION DAY: South Holland residents go to the polls
Residents across the area are going to the polls today (Thursday) to decide who will represent them on South Holland District Council.
Thousands of people are registered across south Lincolnshire to vote and polling stations opened at 7am and close at 10pm.
All of South Holland’s 37 seats are up for election, however, the Conservatives are already five uncontested seats ahead of the game. The party currently holds power with 28 seats.
A parish council election is also taking place in Pinchbeck, with other parishes in the area uncontested.
Cleaner streets, road and path improvements and saving public toilets were some of the issues raised by Spalding residents ahead of the elections.
Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Jaines asked residents their view on the streets of Spalding for what the issues in the town are as he walked around the town.
Brenda Howe, of Spalding, said there was an issue with people urinating in the street.
She added: “The streets look untidy as well, it’s the cleanliness – the paths are covered in stuff and all the gutters are full. Down our street it’s ridiculous.
“I’ve lived here 10 years and the difference is so noticeable.”
Sharon Palmer (39), from Spalding, said she felt let down by the Brexit debate nationally – accusing politicians of going back on their word.
Her focusses included anti-social behaviour such as public drunkenness and litter.
Gordon Taylor (83) and David Liquorish (58) both agreed more needed to be done to keep public toilets open for residents and visitors alike.
“The public toilets need dealing with, they get trashed by vandals. They need to protect them and keep them open,” said Mr Taylor.
“One in the town centre closed for two months because of the ceiling falling in, but that’s a long time,” added Mr Liquorish.
He added councillors needed to be more vocal on issues such as police funding.
Other residents raised concerns with the increase in council tax and expressed sympathy with residents on the route of the Spalding Western Relief Road, which campaigners are currently trying to stop going through houses.
One resident called on the council to rethink its stance on the planned Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding school at the Matmore Gate site which will look to help disruptive pupils.
Although the school has already been given permission, the resident argued traffic would be hugely increased on top of already strenuous parking issues caused by the two existing nearby schools.
South Holland District Council is Conservative-led, with the party holding 28 seats. Independents hold eight seats while one declared non-aligned holds the last.
There are six councillors who are not running this year, including Conservatives George Aley (Spalding Monkhouse), Malcolm Chandler (Whaplode and Holbeach St Johns), Colin Johnson and Susan Wray (both Donington, Quadring and Gosberton).
Joining them are independents Graham Dark (Spalding St John’s) and unaligned councillor Peter Williams (Spalding St Paul’s).
* Voting closes at 10pm and will be counted overnight. Results will be announced on this website from 11pm onwards.