Graffiti next in pub clear-up

Bull and Monkie Spalding after clean-up ANL-141211-102456001
Bull and Monkie Spalding after clean-up ANL-141211-102456001
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This is the cleared site of the Bull and Monkie pub in Spalding – marking the start of a new Pride in South Holland campaign.

Workman moved in last Monday in a council ordered blitz to remove overgrown trees and shrubs and clear rubbish, after owners Crispen Holdings Ltd failed to comply with an order to do the work.

Legal steps are also being taken to remove graffiti from the pub building.

Coun Gary Porter, leader of South Holland District Council, said: “Following a successful start to the Pride in South Holland Campaign with the clean-up of the Bull and Monkie site, we will shortly put permanent fencing around the site.

“We have also begun legal work to allow us to remove the graffiti eyesore from the pub building as soon as possible, I hope before Christmas.

“Local taxpayers should know that the cost of all this work is being billed to the Bull and Monkie owner who let it get in such a poor state in the first place.

“We will shortly announce a full list of eyesores to be tackled as part of the Pride in South Holland campaign.

“It will serve as notice to site owners that, if they don’t clean their sites up, then we will at their expense.”

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for planning, said: “The Pride in South Holland campaign shows that we are determined to deal with unacceptable blights on our district.

“We want owners of eyesore sites to act now to clean them up and to avoid them becoming a blight on the neighbourhood and the community in the future.”

As part of the Pride in South Holland campaign, clean-up work in Sutton Bridge took place last week.

This saw over 20 bags worth of litter cleared from streets, roadsides and bushes.

lThe Spalding Guardian’s Campaign for Change has recently launched a survey on the Castle Sports Complex and Pool on behalf of South Holland district Council and completed forms have flooded in.

A spokesperson for SHDC said: “We have already received a high number of completed surveys and would like to thank people for their responses.

“The information provided will be analysed and used to inform future work. Details of the results will be available in the new year.

“We would also like to thank the Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press for their help in publishing the survey.”