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Price to be paid to tackle South Holland 'grotspots', cabinet member tells council

The costs of tackling derelict sites in South Holland could see some of the area “having to miss out”.

Responding to questions about Spalding’s former Bull and Monkie pub, along with the Bull Hotel in Long Sutton, Spalding Wygate ward member Coun Roger Gambba-Jones warned that the chances of recovering the costs of cleaning up so-called “grotspot” sites from their owners were slim.

About £250,000 is being spent on the area’s Pride programme, involving street cleaning, improving public toilets and providing more dog bins.

The derelict Bull and Monkie site in Spalding.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG250518-136TW
The derelict Bull and Monkie site in Spalding.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG250518-136TW

Coun Gambba-Jones said: “With the Bull and Monkie, we have to go through the normal process of attempting to get the owner of the site to clean it up at their expense.

“If all else fails, we’ll do the work ourselves and then attempt to get the money back.

“But there’s always a cost and we can never recover all of it.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones.
Coun Roger Gambba-Jones.

“The Pride budget wouldn’t even touch some of these sites and to target one particular area would mean the rest of the district having to miss out.”

Meanwhile, the chances of Saturday waste collections returning to South Holland look to have been ruled out on cost grounds.

After free garden waste collections were launched in Long Sutton, Lutton and Tydd St Mary, a question was raised as to whether Lincolnshire County Council could offer the service.

Coun Andy Tennant, of Long Sutton ward, said: “Parish councils are looking to pay for extra Saturday waste collections out of their precept.”

Coun Andrew Tennant.
Coun Andrew Tennant.

But Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “Saturday waste collections are an expensive business and I doubt whether the county council would be prepared to take it on.”

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