Derelict pub given 21 days

Bull and Monkey grot spot
Bull and Monkey grot spot

Councillors promised they would get tough on the district’s eyesores and readers will not be surprised what their first target is - a derelict pub in Spalding

Owners of the Bull and Monkey in Churchgate have been given 21 days to clean up the site.

The pub has been vacant for several years resulting in shrubs, stinging nettles and weeds growing as well as litter and waste being thrown across the site. Recently a caravan and vehicle were set on fire and dumped in the front of the building, but an area at the rear has also attracted a mountain of litter and empty beer cans, as well as discarded needles used by drug addicts.

Coun Gary Porter, leader of South Holland District Council, announced a new get-tough policy on grot spots last month, which sparked the Spalding Guardian’s Campaign for Change.

Last week planning officers served a S215 notice on the Bull and Monkey’s owners ordering them to clean up the mess. The notice, which takes effect on October 8, requires the owners to cut back all shrubs and remove all nettles, grasses, weeds and litter.

If they fail to comply, they face prosecution in the magistrates’ court, which could lead to a heavy fine. Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for planning, said: “This is a very clear message to the owners that South Holland taxpayers have had enough of their shoddy and irresponsible management. We are determined to deal with this unacceptable blight on our town, our riverside and our parish church.”