December 15, 2021 10.52 am

Lincolnshire council cancels last meeting before Christmas over Omicron concerns

Infection rates have increased in past seven days

South Holland District Council has postponed its final meeting of the year due to concerns over coronavirus.

The authority’s planning committee was due to meet at 6.30pm today (Wednesday) in the council’s chamber at its offices on Priory Road in Spalding.

It would have discussed a number of plans, including new gypsy traveller pitches in Gedney, 81 homes in Holbeach, a new plant-based protein extraction facility in Spalding, the change of use of the Mermaid Inn in Surfleet to five apartments and the use of a Holbeach Pop-in Centre as a retail and coffee shop.

However, in a statement they said: “In light of the uncertainties around the new COVID-19 Omicron variant and the need to protect the health and safety of staff, councillors and the public, South Holland District Council has taken the decision to postpone the Planning Committee meeting scheduled to take place.

“The items on the published agenda will be considered at a future Planning Committee meeting, details of which will be published in the new year.”

The latest decision leaves the council’s calendar empty until January 11 when a special meeting of the cabinet is due to meet to discuss next year’s budget.

According to the Government’s COVID dashboard, South Holland has seen 423 confirmed cases in the past seven days and currently has an infection rate of 441.3.

Compared to the seven days to December 7 this is an increase from 398.5. Nationally, the authority sits 266th highest out of all local tier local authorities in the UK, up from 281st.

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