Cash boost for ‘jewel in crown’ along riverside

Cleaning up the riverside in Spalding are (from left) Coun Gary Taylor and Coun Howard Johnson. ANL-150226-152032001
Cleaning up the riverside in Spalding are (from left) Coun Gary Taylor and Coun Howard Johnson. ANL-150226-152032001
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A “jewel in Spalding’s crown” is to get another boost as South Holland councillors use up their designated budgets before the elections in May.

Councillors Gary Taylor and Howard Johnson plan to spend their designated budgets on improving the riverside with new bins, repairing benches where needed and repainting the lantern light posts.

They highlighted areas needing attention while litter picking along the river bank.

Work follows on from a major clean-up of the area last year by community volunteers Sandra and Tony White.

Gravelling of an area once overgrown with weeds is also on the agenda.

Coun Taylor said: “Spalding’s riverside is the jewel in our crown and we need to continue to make improvements and regular maintenance is also required.

“We are both firmly committed to our Pride in South Holland campaign and at this time of year the riverside - with its daffodils and, of course, tulips - it really improves the environment and welcomes people to our town.”

The work will take place over the new few weeks, once action forms are completed and bins and equipment are bought.

Coun Taylor said: “We will also continue with the gravelling project and we are looking into how we can remove the litter from the river.”

Sandra White is delighted to hear about the ongoing work. She said: “Tony and I were working along the riverside practically every day last year to clear out the rubbish and weeds, lop overgrown bushes, remove graffiti and do some planting.

“I had a ball and loved every minute of it. The riverside is the jewel in Spalding’s crown and deserves to be looked after.

“I met a lot of lovely people along there, who thanked me and even offered me a cup of tea.”