Cowbit will soon just be a part of Greater Spalding
So far this year South Holland District Council has received 172 planning applications for new houses in the village of Cowbit, in Moulton there have been 62 planning applications for new houses and in Weston there have been 76 planning applications for new houses.
Pinchbeck has only had 15 applications for new houses.
So who is to blame for the expansion of Cowbit?
The land owners are the problem. Don’t think they sell their land for the good of our village or out of some kind of civic duty.They sell it for MONEY, a chance to cash in. Then most move away, leaving those left behind to put up with what they have done and the planner just don’t care. Cowbit is just a free for all, build what you like, where you like, anything goes.
It won’t be long before Cowbit is just part of Greater Spalding and we will no longer be living in a village.
We need someone from this village to be elected on to the district council, someone who will stand up and speak for this village, someone who cares what is happening to our village before it's too late.
Cowbit has grown massively over the last 20 years and that in itself is not a bad thing if it’s controlled.
Back then there were about 150 houses, now it’s over 600, not including the planned 172. It’s so big that we have two postmen. It was the smallest village, now it’s the biggest by density of population. Cowbit village needs looking after before it becomes just a massive housing estate.
We need to reduce car journeys
Sir, I concur with Coun Malcolm Chandler's article in the latest edition regarding the need to improve the overall air quality in South Holland and wider afield.
A major action point with this is to see how we can reduce the actual number of car journeys and this can be achieved by having an affordable and reliable bus service, especially through the villages off the main A roads.
Food for thought.
Thanks to all who supported our event
The recent 2018 Fenland Working Weekend event took place in Holbeach and was once again very well supported by farming enthusiasts both local and from further away, plus many spectators.
This now-annual event is well regarded by many in the farming world, however a special word to the following concerns for without their help and support it would not be possible to stage and so we offer our most grateful thanks to land owner Stephen Pugh, who once again kindly allowed the use of his land and facilities, A Woods Agricultural Services, the Doubleday Group, for including their products, plus also on-site staff over the weekend to make the event the success it ultimately was.
A kind word of thanks to everyone who came and supported the event either by bringing and using their machines and equipment or working ‘behind the scenes’ to those who supplied raffle prizes plus the spectators who made it all worthwhile, we offer our most sincere thanks to you all for without you it would not be possible.
The proceeds, as before, will be donated to Holbeach Hospital once the money has been counted up and final donations received as the event is run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts but also benefits the local community and we hope to see everybody again next year.
Andrew French and Alan Thorpe
Fenland Working Weekend event organisers
Capturing the remain dividend
Marching in London last Saturday in favour of a People’s Vote on the terms of Brexit, alongside probably over a million other marchers, was a truly awe-inspiring experience.
Talking to other marchers brought home to me that:
• The UK has never lost its sovereignty, nor its control over its “money, laws and borders” by virtue of EU membership, whatever anyone says. Frankly, we’ve just been failed by a generation of party-politically-obsessed, personally self-interested, professional politicians in Westminster; and
• The huge disadvantages of agreeing to any sort of Brexit deal – let alone the preferred outcome of ultra-Brexiteers, like John Hayes MP – must somehow be avoided.
I believe the time has come for everyone in Lincolnshire, young and old, to forget the blandishments of the Vote Leave campaign in 2016 and recognise, instead, the benefits of remaining in the EU.
Personally, I don’t blame anyone who believed the Brexiteers in 2016 and hence voted Remain. Instead, I blame the Brexiteers who peddled these false promises.
Fortunately, there’s a massive ‘Remain Dividend’ to be captured if we remain in the EU, notably:
• A huge surge in confidence and business investment in the UK;
• Bouncing back to become again the fastest-growing G7 economy (as we were before the EU Referendum);
• Saving the outrageous costs of Brexit and Liam Fox’s nugatory trade negotiations;
• Rescuing the NHS from the outflow of EU workers;
• Benefitting from the collective power of EU membership to progressively eliminate tax avoidance by corporations and rich individuals, continue leading the world in terms of reversing climate change, preserve over 70 years of peace in Europe, resist Russian expansionism and help protect us all from terrorism;
• Boost our universities and science;
• Invest the ‘Remain Dividend’ in addressing current domestic crises, especially in housing, healthcare, social care, policing and other public services;
• Re-direct the time Westminster currently wastes on Brexit into building a fairer, more just, more equitable society in the UK