Blitz at ‘blot on the face of Spalding’

Workmen moved in on Spalding’s Bull and Monkie pub yesterday (Monday) in a council ordered blitz of the notorious eyesore.

Chainsaws and an industrial shredder made short work of trees and overgrown shrubs, piles of rubbish were cleared – and the bill for the work will go to the pub owners, Crispen Holdings Ltd, who failed to respond to a council notice ordering them to clean-up the site.

Workman George Rate takes a chainsaw to the overgrown shrubs and trees at the Bull and Monkie. Photo (TIM WILSON): S031114-103TW

Workman George Rate takes a chainsaw to the overgrown shrubs and trees at the Bull and Monkie. Photo (TIM WILSON): S031114-103TW

Council leader Gary Porter said: “The old Bull and Monkie pub is a disgrace to its owners, a blot on the face of Spalding and I am pleased and relieved to announce the start of its clean-up.

“I have also asked officers what further action is possible against the landowner who has refused to get in touch and stand up to their responsibilities.

“We have pursued the matter properly and done everything within our legal power to get the area cleaned up. It is very disappointing that the owners have not complied with the notice so now we will take action and bill them.”

Council portfolio holder Roger Gambba-Jones said: “Owners of eyesore sites should act now to remove rubbish, clear out the weeds and join with us in making sure all areas are clean and welcoming.”

In the coming weeks the Pride in South Holland Campaign will see grot spots tackled. The campaign includes: a street cleaning hit squad getting to work, extra cleaning of town centres, Community Payback carrying out tasks, re-painting of equipment in 18 play areas and new signs and CCTV installed.