Spalding Guardian


Spalding pub is still a magnet for trouble and shows signs of solvent abuse going on at the site
The tidied-up Bull and Monkie site in Spalding remains a magnet for troublemakers with an apparent roof-top break-in bid, drinks bottles and cans among debris and overgrown shrubs in the yard.Also found behind the building on Tuesday was an empty five-litre container of solvent, a substance linked to abuse.The site was cleaned up by South Holland District Council (SHDC) two years ago and a sign in its front yard, facing Churchgate, declares: “The Pride in South Holland campaign is cleaning up major eyesore sites across the District with the landowners being charged.”Steel shutters barricade doors and windows, but tiles have been ripped from a lower roof top and others dislodged – perhaps by someone standing on the roof – in an apparent bid to break in.A high metal fence guards the front of the building and there’s a high wall at the back, but the easy to climb side wall only stands about 4ft high. Nearby a gable wall of The Vista, the St Mary and St Nicolas Church hall, is scarred by graffiti We presented our findings to the council and police on Tuesday and were told the council would inspect the pub site on Wednesday.A council spokesman said: “We actively monitor the site and make every effort to ensure it is maintained in a safe and tidy condition. “Officers from the Pride Team will be inspecting the site again tomorrow. Our long term aim is to provide a permanent solution and we are continuing to pursue matters with the owners.”Insp Jo Reeves said: “We have not received many recent reports of anti-social behaviour and vandalism at this site, however the location is known to us for historic issues and so it is an area patrolled by the ASB Team and we work closely with SHDC staff to identify developing hot-spots.”Previously ...Blitz at ‘blot on the face of Spalding’Owners of derelict site could be taken to court Council’s get-tough policy on grot spots




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