Fly posters and tippers get a rocket

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Fly posters and fly tippers got a New Year’s Day rocket from a Spalding councillor.

Roger Gambba-Jones tweeted a picture of posters on a metal fence opposite the cemetery in Pinchbeck Road – and was doubly unhappy because the posters were advertising events at council-owned venues, a panto at the South Holland Centre and Slimming World classes at the community centre in Sezanne Walk.

Sparks also flew when the portfolio holder spotted a box of used fireworks dumped on top of a litter bin in Wygate Park and a display firework left on the ground beside the bin.

He tweeted a picture of the offending mess and said: “Happy new year to the fly tipper – NOT.”

Coun Gambba-Jones, whose portfolio includes waste collection and street cleaning, is now going to ask council officers to crack down on people who book council venues to make sure they know they must not fly post to advertise events.

He said: “Fly posting is actually a county council concern but we also take issue with it.

“It makes the place look scruffy and untidy.”

He said the fireworks must have cost £50 to £60 each and he couldn’t understand why someone would go to the trouble of buying them and then dump them.

“Of course we (the council) then have to come up and clear it,” he said.

Coun Gambba-Jones said: “2013 isn’t a new war on litter, there is nothing new about it. There’s just a battle we will continue to fight and I will do my absolute damnedest to reduce the impact on our town.

“I think it’s an absolute shame to spoil the town,”