Spalding pensioner left in shock after ‘grot spot’ job

GROT SPOTS: Paul Matten who is waging a campaign to get South Holland District Council to clean up Spalding.
GROT SPOTS: Paul Matten who is waging a campaign to get South Holland District Council to clean up Spalding.
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A Spalding pensioner is wavering over paying his council tax after finding almost 370 bags of rubbish on streets around the town.

Paul Matten (70), of Green Lane, Spalding, accused South Holland District Council of allowing a “totally unacceptable” situation to happen by not warning people about dumping their rubbish in parts of the town, including Lansdown Court and Double Street, for collection on Monday.

Mr Matten, who wrote to the Spalding Guardian last December “to make an effort to get the town tidied up”, claimed the district council needed to do more by providing enough bins so that people could keep their rubbish off the streets.

“There’s so much rubbish left on the streets of Spalding every day of the week and the (district) council don’t seem to be doing anything to address the situation,” Mr Matten said.

“I’ve been emailing the council for the last two years, but nothing is happening and people are putting anything they don’t want on the streets.

“My wife and I went round the streets of Spalding on Sunday, not expecting to find any rubbish after the council’s workmen had been round to clear things up.

I pay my council tax to the council for them to clear up rubbish, so why isn’t it doing what I’m asking them to do?

Paul Matten (70), of Spalding

“But there were still 369 sacks of rubbish that shouldn’t have been there on a Sunday, which is totally unacceptable.

“I pay my council tax to the council for them to clear up rubbish, so why isn’t it doing what I’m asking them to do?”

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, the district council’s portfolio holder for place, said: “Mr Matten would be extremely unwise to withhold payment of council tax as there are very clear procedures the council follow in such circumstances of non-payment and these can often end up in the courts.

“The quickest way to get an issue addressed is to report it to the council, giving as much information as possible so that they can be dealt with.

“This is the only way we can address these issues.”

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