Bid to raise rates to pay for clean-ups in Spalding

A  reader called the Free Press about this pile of rubbish along a passageway behind the bins at Sainsburys in Spalding on Thursday. But would you pay more in your rates to rid the town of the problem? ANL-150716-150052001
A reader called the Free Press about this pile of rubbish along a passageway behind the bins at Sainsburys in Spalding on Thursday. But would you pay more in your rates to rid the town of the problem? ANL-150716-150052001

Residents in Spalding could find their council tax going up next year in a bid to keep the town clean and tidy.

The call is being made by Coun Angela Newton, whose small team of helpers have been working tirelessly to litter pick throughout the year and prepare the floral displays for last week’s East Midlands In Bloom judging.

I’m always disappointed more people don’t come to the litter picks

Coun Angela Newton

Coun Newton, of Spalding in Bloom, said she had been disappointed with the turnout for the litter picks she had arranged.

She said: “It’s just getting too much – I’m always disappointed more people don’t come to the litter picks. I’ll be asking South Holland District Council to raise the rates so the street team can do more.”

More effort than ever before has gone into working towards Spalding holding on to the Gold Award status it achieved in last year’s East Midlands in Bloom competition.

Judge Jeff Bates arrived in Spalding on Wednesday and began his tour of the town at Springfields exhibition gardens and retail shopping outlet, where Peter Atkinson briefly outlined a new Scarecrow Mania festival.

From there, Mr Bates visited the cemetery, Southfields House Retirement Home, Horseshoe Road allotments, Ayscoughfee Gardens, a sculpture ‘Dawn’ at Taku Bridge, the baskets in Bridge Street, Vine Street, The Crescent, the Market Place, displays on the way to Holland Market and at the railway station, and the Punchbowl pub.

He also visited the Spalding in Bloom entry in the Frank Constable Best Front Garden competition, meeting Clare Wilson in Park Road.

Coun Newton said: “We took on board the advice given after last year’s judging and increased business participation around the Market Place and more major stores joined in at Holland Market.

“EMG Motor Group also sponsored a new area of sustainable planting at Holland Market.

“Judges also advised us to visit a retirement home and allotments, both of which we incorporated in the tour.

“A new initiative to tell the story of Spalding in Bloom on canvass was also organised by Jan Whitbourn of Tulip Radio.

“John Naylor provided the labour and donated plants for the baskets and more are now covered by the automatic watering systems.”

A decision on how Spalding In Bloom has done will not be announced until the East Midlands in Bloom award ceremony at Rutland Water on Wednesday, September 16.

Coun Newton said: “We are hoping to have increased our points because last year we just scraped in for a gold with one point, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

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