Spalding grotspots getting cleaned up

South Holland District Council community services manager Nigel Payne and anti-social behaviour officer Abigail Cooper survey a grotpsot behind Market Place, Spalding.
South Holland District Council community services manager Nigel Payne and anti-social behaviour officer Abigail Cooper survey a grotpsot behind Market Place, Spalding.

SPECIALIST cleaners are being drafted in to clean up one of Spalding’s biggest grot spots.

Bottles, litter, syringes and even human faeces is being cleaned up in Gore Lane and Abbey Path by a firm brought in by South Holland District Council.

Coun Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for stronger communities and ward councillor for the area, said: “We have heard the concerns of members of the public and we are taking action on the issues that matter to them.

“We hope that, after this major purge, businesses adjoining Gore Lane and Abbey Path will be able to keep on top of the situation.”

Most of the worst affected areas are on privately-owned land but the district council says businesses and landowners were at a loss how to deal with the scale of the problem.

People have been using the area for drinking and drug-taking, leaving it an eyesore for residents and visitors.

It will now undergo a complete environmental clean.

Coun Taylor added: “The police are also treating this part of town as a priority area and we are asking relevant businesses and landowners to do their bit to keep the area clean after we have done the tidy up.”

The work is expected to be carried out at the end of this month.

Medico Homecare manager Maxine Candler says staff regularly experience anti-social behaviour problems around Sheepmarket and Gore Lane.

“We have had people hanging around outside our building and urinating in the doorway,” she said. “We are ringing the police and we have had police community support officers come but they are limited about what they can do.”

Mrs Candler says her staff, who are based in the old Post Office building in Sheepmarket, are now too afraid to go down Gore Lane in the dark.

“We have to go out in pairs or move our cars in the day light,” she said.

Spalding police are working with the district council to sort out the problems around Gore Lane.

Sgt Stuart Brotherton said: “Grime breeds crime and that area needs sorting out but it is not going to happen overnight.”