What next now mess and graffiti are gone?

The derelict Bull and Monkie site in Spalding has been cleared and graffiti removed.
The derelict Bull and Monkie site in Spalding has been cleared and graffiti removed.
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It may still be a shadow of its former self, but the Bull and Monkie pub in Spalding is standing much prouder now a major clean-up of the site has been completed.

Unsightly graffiti was blasted from the walls of the notorious eyesore on Tuesday, completing action by South Holland District Council that has already seen bushes, weeds and shrubs removed from the site.

The Spalding Guardian’s Campaign for Change has followed the progress at the Bull and Monkie since the building’s owner, Crispen Holdings Ltd, failed to comply with a legal notice to clean up the pub served at the beginning of October.

This week workmen steamed graffiti from the walls and permanent fencing, including a new gate, was put up at the front of the site to secure the area.

But the council will not be stopping here. The Pride in South Holland campaign, which was recently launched to target eyesores across the district, is gathering pace.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for planning, said: “We’re only a few weeks into the Pride In South Holland campaign, but have already made great strides.

“The Bull and Monkie site has been transformed in just a matter of weeks and the cost will be charged back to the owner.

“We are putting together a full list of eyesore sites from across the district to be tackled as part of the campaign and these will be revealed shortly.”

As part of the Pride in South Holland campaign, a street cleaning hit squad has been tackling roads and alleyways across South Holland, clearing up fly tipping and other rubbish.

Over the coming weeks the campaign will also include:

lAdditional cleaning of town centres.

lCommunity payback service carrying out improvement tasks.

lRe-painting of equipment at 18 play areas

lNew signage and CCTV installed where necessary

Councillors have called for the former Red Cow Hotel in Donington to be the next derelict building on their hit list. The property has been assessed and a list of work needed to make it safe and presentable has been sent to the owner.

While the council awaits a response it is not stopping there because our sister paper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, is launching a poll so readers can choose which eyesore in the district will be next on the hit list.

Councillors were still adding to the original list of properties and sites needing urgent attention when the Spalding Guardian went to press.

Other sites on the list so far include: New Bridge Inn, Glenside South, West Pinchbeck; The Bell, Church Street, Pinchbeck; derelict shops, High Street, Holbeach; former Bartons/Barlings butchers shop, Bull Lane, Long Sutton; and the Royal Mail Sorting Office, The Crescent, Spalding.

l The Spalding Guardian would like to know what readers would like to see done with the Bull and Monkie site now it has been cleared. Email spaldingeditor@jpress.co.uk with your ideas and we will pass them on to the council.