Clean up Spalding and make friends

Coun Jack McLean beginning his campaign for a Spotless Spalding at High Bridge. SG020615-145TW
Coun Jack McLean beginning his campaign for a Spotless Spalding at High Bridge. SG020615-145TW

A new campaign to bring people together to create a Spotless Spalding is already getting the thumbs-up from residents.

In just one day of getting its own page on Facebook, 80 people showed their support – much to the delight of Coun Jack McLean, whose brainchild it is.

Spotless Spalding is potentially a new social club for all ages

Coun Jack McLean

He said: “To have that number of people was something I didn’t expect but I am delighted with the response.”

At just 20 years of age, Coun McLean is one of the new members of South Holland District Council but his interest in the town began long before with his involvement in Young Conservative projects.

He said: “After the harsh cuts faced by South Holland District Council, being able to still launch Pride in South Holland was a victory on a scale that inspired me to do something similar.

“I’ve been involved in a smaller scale with the Young Conservatives and in a letter I wrote to the Spalding Guardian to suggest ways it could be done.

“Spotless Spalding is potentially a new social group of all ages brought together to help clean up our area and enjoy the company of other like-minded people.

“There has been a lack of respect for the town in the past but it would be nice to see people take litter pickers out with them when they walk dogs.

“They shouldn’t feel embarrassed doing this and that is where the social group comes in.”

The first date that has been suggested is June 27 at 6pm, starting from the flower beds near High Bridge in Spalding.

Afterwards members will be able to socialise by enjoying refreshments.

However, Coun McLean says he is open to any other suggestions.

Anyone needing spare litter-pickers can contact Coun McLean on 01775 421987 or him jmclean@sholland.gov.uk

Visit Spotless Spalding on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spotlessspalding

* The Pride in South Holland campaign has recently focused on re-painting play equipment at nine play areas across the district.

At present, six areas have been completed by the South Holland District Council project.

These are Park Close Playing Field, Pennyfields in Pinchbeck, Kingfisher Drive in Surfleet, Caswell Drive in Quadring, Chalk Lane Playing Field in Sutton Bridge and Railway Lane in Sutton Bridge.

Over the next couple of weeks, the campain will complete work at play areas in Thames Road and Goodfellows playing field in Spalding.

It has already seen the successful clean-up of the Bull and Monkie pub site in Spalding and over 200 tonnes of fly-tipping and rubbish has been cleared across the district.

The campaign will also include a street cleaning hit squad, additional cleaning of town centres, community payback service carrying out improvement tasks and new signage and CCTV installed where necessary.