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HOLBEACH PARISH COUNCIL: New reward scheme for reporting vandalism




Holbeach Parish Council news. Photo by Jim Smith. (3004627)
Holbeach Parish Council news. Photo by Jim Smith. (3004627)

A £100 reward for the arrest and conviction of anyone who vandalises parish council property is to be introduced in Holbeach.

Four new CCTV cameras are also to be installed in Carter’s Park as further evidence of the council’s determination to stop the kind of destruction that occurred at the park in January.

Parish councillors backed plans put forward by chairman Coun Paul Foyster after a ten-day wrecking spree in January cost Holbeach more than £500 (read more here).

Coun Foyster said: “During a recent visit to the Curlew Centre in Sutton Bridge, I saw a sign outside the toilets which said that the parish council was offering a reward of £100 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who committed acts of vandalism there.

Coun Paul Foyster, chairman of Holbeach Parish Council. (3004816)
Coun Paul Foyster, chairman of Holbeach Parish Council. (3004816)

“Having spoken to a South Holland District Council member for Sutton Bridge, I learned that the reward had never been claimed.

“But it had resulted in a reduction in vandalism and so I thought we could do the same thing here.”

Attention is particularly focused on Carter’s Park where a new dog run has been opened.

Coun Kelly Wilson, chairman of the parks and playing fields committee, said: “We have plans for the old dog run where some fencing needs to come down before we can use it as a picnic area.

Coun Kelly Wilson, chairman of parks and playing fields, Holbeach Parish Council. Photo supplied. (3004963)
Coun Kelly Wilson, chairman of parks and playing fields, Holbeach Parish Council. Photo supplied. (3004963)

Coun Kelly Wilson, chairman of the parks and playing fields committee, said: “We have plans for the old dog run where some fencing needs to come down before we can use it as a picnic area.

“The Friends of Holbeach Parks have obtained funds to buy some picnic tables and there are also plans for the installation of CCTV cameras, two within the play area, one near the toilets and one for the new dog run.”

The group, set up by Coun Wilson and ex-parish councillor Kay Piccaver last year to improve play areas at Carter’s, Hall Hill and Netherfield parks, has also persuaded the parish council to open talks to take on the running of Hall Hill Park.

. Allotment holders in Holbeach are being warned to keep their plots tidy or risk losing them.

The warning comes from Coun Graham Rudkin, chairman of the allotments committee, after his proposal for notices to be sent to allotment tenants was agreed on Monday.

Coun Rudkin said: “There are one or two plots that are getting rather untidy and need to be worked on.

Coun Graham Rudkin, chairman of allotments, Holbeach Parish Council. Photo supplied by Lincolnshire Co-operative Ltd. (3005631)
Coun Graham Rudkin, chairman of allotments, Holbeach Parish Council. Photo supplied by Lincolnshire Co-operative Ltd. (3005631)

"So I would like to propose that any tenant who is in breach of the allotment conditions be given notice to get it in order or face getting a notice to quit.

"This is due to the number of people on the allotments waiting list."

. Talks about the state of toilets in Market Hill, Holbeach, have taken place between parish councillors and South Holland environmental health officers.

A question was raised by a member of the public on Monday meeting about the possibility of improving the toilets by having cleaning and decorating work done.

Coun Paul Foyster, parish council chairman, said: "We had a meeting with South Holland District Council and told them that we felt more attention should be paid to cleaning and painting the toilets."

A district council spokesman said: “We have a dedicated group of councillors who are focused on the condition and upkeep of public toilets across the district.

“This group has recently visited the toilets in Holbeach and will now be taking into consideration what the next steps for them should be.”

. Villages under Holbeach Parish Council have been invited to consider setting up Community Speed Watch teams.

Coun Paul Foyster, parish council chairman, said: “People are always complaining about speeding so there’s an attempt to establish Community Speed Watch teams of three who are given speed guns and training in how to use them.”

. Holbeach Royal British Legion Branch has received a £650 grant towards this year’s Remembrance Day parade through the town on Sunday.

John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, with South Holland District Council members Couns Paul Foyster, Andrew Woolf, Tracey Carter, vice chairman Harry Drury and Francis Biggadike, at the Remembrance Sunday parade in Holbeach. Photo by Tim Wilson. (3006246)
John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, with South Holland District Council members Couns Paul Foyster, Andrew Woolf, Tracey Carter, vice chairman Harry Drury and Francis Biggadike, at the Remembrance Sunday parade in Holbeach. Photo by Tim Wilson. (3006246)

However, the grant is conditional on both the branch and leaders of All Saints Church Holbeach keeping parish councillors updated on possible changes to the timing of the parade, as well as its route around the town.

. Holbeach Parish Council can now invite people in the area to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Paul Gunn.

The time in which voters can request an election to fill the seat has gone so the council can co-opt someone instead.



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