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Spalding businessman to blitz river litter

The Spalding businessman who threatened to take the council to court unless it properly cleans the town is about to embark on a river blitz.

Ian Haynes, who has litter-picked a series of streets, will get help from two water taxis on January 29 for the clean-up.

"Some of my friends are keen to assist as well," said Ian, who had talks with senior South Holland District Council (SHDC) officials on Friday.

Spalding businessman Ian Haynes is waging war on litter. (100119-4)
Spalding businessman Ian Haynes is waging war on litter. (100119-4)

Mr Haynes complained about the state of Spalding's streets to council leader Gary Porter, chief executive Anna Graves and MP John Hayes.

He asked the council to carry out a Big Clean, following in the footsteps of South Kesteven District Council - and launch a systematic, proactive programme to keep the streets clean in the future.

Mr Haynes also wants the council to take action on rubbish from the public highway going into the River Welland, which he claims is the council's responsibility.

Following his meeting, Mr Haynes said a series of steps was promised, including an additional street-cleansing Pride team - taking the total to two - subject to councillors agreeing a bigger budget.

He also understands there will be a more systematic approach to street cleaning, one that's proactive rather than reactive, and that there will be a version of the Big Clean.

Mr Haynes says a small change is that the council is now willing to collect split rubbish/recycling bags from the roadside to prevent the contents being left to spread around the street.

He said: "If they do what they say they are going to do I think it will make a big difference.

"It's all on delivery now - words are very good."

Mr Haynes says he's had a lot of support from residents and messages from some who have been inspired to litter-pick.

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