Time called on Bull and Monkey mess

TIME'S UP: The Bull and Monkey site in Spalding.
TIME'S UP: The Bull and Monkey site in Spalding.

Your time’s up – Bull and Monkey owners!

It’s been 21 days, but the derelict pub in Spalding remains as much an eyesore as ever.

South Holland District Council gave the owners of the Bull and Monkey in Churchgate notice to clean up the site – but when the period expired last night not a scrap of rubbish had been cleared or overgrown shrubs and weeds removed.

Now council workmen are set to move in and tidy the area themselves – and the owners could face prosecution in the magistrates’ court and a heavy fine.

Coun Gary Porter, leader of the council, said: “Clearly the owners have not complied with the notice.

“I am confident the next step we take will minimise the impact of the Bull and Monkey site, with a view to securing its long-term future for the benefit of Spalding.”

The pub has been vacant for several years resulting in shrubs, stinging nettles and weeds growing out of control, as well as litter and waste being thrown across the site. A caravan and vehicle were also set on fire and dumped in the front of the building, but the biggest concern has been an area at the rear where there is a mountain of litter and empty beer cans, as well as discarded needles used by drug addicts.

Last month, planning officers served a S215 notice on the Bull and Monkey’s owners ordering them to clean up the mess.

It took effect on October 8 and required shrubs to be cut back and nettles, grasses, weeds and litter removed.

This followed the announcement of a new get-tough policy on grot spots by Coun Porter, which sparked the Spalding Guardian’s Campaign for Change.

At the time Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for planning, said: “This is a very clear message to the owners that South Holland taxpayers have had enough of their shoddy and irresponsible management.

“We are determined to deal with this unacceptable blight on our town, our riverside and our parish church.”

Other untidy sites on the council hit list include:

l New Bridge Inn, Glenside South, West Pinchbeck

l The Red Cow, Donington

l The Bell, Church Street, Pinchbeck

l The derelict shop, High Street, Holbeach

l Former John Nell Farm on Bridge Road, Long Sutton

l Former Bartons/Barlings Butchers Shop, Top of Bull Lane, Long Sutton.