Councillors get ‘pro-active’ thanks to grot spot cash

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GROT spot cash is to be used to clean up Spalding in a ‘pro-active’ response to littered areas.

Members of the Town Forum have agreed to each put £100 of their budgets into a fund to tackle the problem.

They will then employ the Community Payback team to go out on a monthly basis to deal with the worst areas, such as the river bank.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said the clean-ups would be in support of the work already done by South Holland District Council’s street cleaning team.

He said: “Zone one is cleaned every day, but then nothing happens in some areas.

“We could look at cleaning other areas of concern.”

Coun Graham Dark said he liked the idea of being “pro-active rather than reactive”, which was the way litter problems has been dealt with in the past.

Regular clean-ups would be a way of getting on top of a “less than adequate system”, said Coun Gambba-Jones. He said: “It’s got to change – the town is getting busier.”

Chairman Coun George Aley said: “This could have a knock-on effect. If you give people a clean space, they will look after it.”

There was concern £100 each would not be enough as four new litter bins, at £50 each, were already on order. But councillors eventually agreed it was a good starting point and a form would be produced so they could sign-off any work needed.