Shoppers say: ‘We’ve had enough’

Alison Johnson-Smith: "I think the campaign is a good thing."
Alison Johnson-Smith: "I think the campaign is a good thing."

PEOPLE in Spalding have given a big thumbs-up to our We’ve Had Enough campaign to end booze and drug-fuelled behaviour in the town.

The Guardian asked shoppers for their thoughts on the campaign and a five-point plan drawn up by John Hayes, MP for South Holland and The Deepings, to tackle anti-social behaviour and on-street drinking in Spalding.

Clarke Converse: "You're not going to stop on-street drinking until you fine them."

Clarke Converse: "You're not going to stop on-street drinking until you fine them."

More than 1,400 people have signed and returned the coupon printed in the Guardian and Free Press over the last five weeks and shoppers we spoke to were fully behind the campaign.

l Ruth Hunter (72), of Albion Street, Spalding, said: “I’ve filled in the form and sent it in, so if the campaign works – good.

“Something needs to be done to tidy up the town because it’s sad how things are at the moment.

“The legislation is there and it’s just for the council and police to enforce it better.”

l Andrew Mews (61), of West Pinchbeck, said: “I agree with the campaign and as far as I’m concerned, it’s a good thing.

“South Holland District Council and the police do a really good job with diminished resources, but they need to enforce the powers they have already rather than keep adding to them.”

l Naomi Griggs (24), of Cowbit Road, Spalding, said: “I don’t think drinking on the street is right because it puts off the elderly and other people from going out at night.”

“If people want to drink, they should do it at home.”

l Clarke Converse (73), of Beechfield Gardens, Spalding, said: “You’re not going to stop on-street drinking until you fine people.

“The council should make it enough to stop people buying more drink.”

l Alison Johnson-Smith (44), of Spalding, said: “The campaign is good. I have an 11-year-old daughter who I don’t like walking around town on her own.

“There are a lot of good people in Spalding but there’s a minority who are always on the streets drinking.”