Funding pool for town centre work

DISTRICT councillors from Spalding wards are each pooling £150 cash from their £4,000 allocations to fund small maintenance jobs across town.

South Holland District Council leader Coun Gary Porter said he wanted to see the money used for materials like paint and paint brushes so volunteers – or those working on Community Payback – can get on with projects.

Money will be allocated by Town Forum chairman Coun George Aley or Forum vice chairman Coun Christine Lawton.

Coun Gary Taylor told the forum that Community Payback have been busy tidying up parts of the town centre and asked councillors to suggest areas where they might do jobs.

Coun Aley said: “I think we ought to try and utilise them as much as possible.”

Earlier Coun Taylor urged town members to pool resources for a spruce-up along the banks of the River Welland, where repairs are needed to seats and bins.

Members also discussed pooling cash to ‘police’ errant parking in Spalding, but Coun Porter said parking on double-yellows in Lincolnshire had not been decriminalised and was still the responsibility of the police.