£4,400 ‘wall’ to ease nuisance to residents

A football wall will soon be installed on this green space off Marshlands Drive, Holbeach, thanks to council and police cash. Photo: SG031111-226NG
A football wall will soon be installed on this green space off Marshlands Drive, Holbeach, thanks to council and police cash. Photo: SG031111-226NG
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MORE than £4,000 is being spent to help solve a problem which has been a nuisance to residents for the last decade.

Coun Francis Biggadike is using all but £100 of his £4,000 designated councillor budget for this financial year to provide a football wall on a field in Marshlands Drive, Holbeach.

Residents have had on-going problems with young people kicking their footballs against fences, which has caused damage, and other anti-social behaviour.

Coun Biggadike, who is district councillor for Holbeach Town ward, has also secured an extra £500 from the county’s Police Property Act Fund to cover the full £4,400 cost of the wall.

Coun Biggadike said: “It’s been going on down there for about ten years. There is no play equipment down there and as a consequence children play football on there and their balls end up in the gardens or hitting the fences.”

It is hoped the football wall will be installed within the next month.

Coun Biggadike added: “I wanted to do one good project. The residents have had problems and as a councillor people have called me.

“I wanted to try and hopefully make life a bit easier and better for everyone.”

A total of £19,627.76 has been spent between July and October from South Holland District Council’s designated councillor budgets.

The latest figures for October were revealed last week.

Fellow Holbeach Town ward councillor Rita Rudkin is the second highest spending councillor so far, with £3,000 going to good causes.

She believes handing over the cash is one of the best things she has done since becoming a councillor.

“We are able to get to the heart of the problem and talk to the community to find out first hand what they need and the urgency of their need,” she said. “We can do that without having to go through bureaucracy and red tape. You can decide yourself how much you want to give them.

“You feel you are doing something positive for the community and putting that money where it’s really needed and appreciated.”