Offenders tackle grot spot

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OFFENDERS will start work to clear a Spalding town centre grot spot this week.

South Holland District Council has called in Community Payback to help them tackle Gore Lane and Abbey Path, a part of the town plagued by problems with litter and anti-social behaviour.

The project will see offenders who are doing community work as part of their court punishments work to tidy the area up over the next four weeks.

Speaking at Tuesday’s Spalding Town Forum meeting, Coun Gary Taylor said: “It’s an area we need to put some attention into. We are aware of concerns there and hopefully we will soon see a difference.”

The four-week project follows a clean-up from the council on February 24 – when hyperdermic needles, human excrement and broken bottles were taken away.

There have also been homeless people sleeping rough in the area and recently we reported how the council and police have teamed up to get a £109,000 funding pot to help fly people who have fallen into hard times back to their home countries.

Coun Taylor said that will form part of their approach to sorting the problems in Gore Lane and Abbey Path, along with a tough approach to tackling anti-social behaviour and the offenders’ clean-up.

He said: “It’s a sad situation that people have fallen on hard times and are sleeping on the streets but also we need to take a tough line when people are drinking on the streets.”