Skate park litter blitz wins back pride in community

Ellie-Mae and Paige Dolby pick litter
Ellie-Mae and Paige Dolby pick litter
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Skateboarders flipped their plans and got down to new tricks when sweets and cans of pop were used to lure them off ramps in Spalding and into the park to pick up litter.

More than 20 bags of rubbish were collected when the council’s Litter Blitz took place at the skate park in Fulney Avenue on Thursday.

Representatives from local organisations joined councillors and over 30 volunteers to clear the park and surrounding area – an area which has often been in the news regarding rubbish and drug use.

Last year, the Free Press reported how a skateboarder found needles left by drug addicts near a bin and there were calls for the public to contact the police if anything like this was found again.

But the rubbish problem has continued – and 
as well as making the park look tidy participants were also given advice on housing, waste and 
recycling as well as free refreshments.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, the council’s portfolio holder for waste management, said: “It was great to see so many local people turning out and especially good to see mums and children joining in.

“No doubt the reward of a sweet or a can of pop helped to encourage some of our younger litter pickers!

“Whatever their reasons, I would like to thank all those who turned out for helping us to care for our town.”

Couns David Ashby and Elizabeth Sneath also took part in the clean-up.

Coun Sneath said: “The skate park is next to the main road into Spalding – it’s the first thing people see driving into the town – so it’s important to keep it clean.”

Coun Ashby said: “The area has had litter issues in the past and events like this help to raise awareness.”