CAMPAIGN: Let’s get town in pink again

GROT SPOT: The Spalding water tower.
GROT SPOT: The Spalding water tower.
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South Holland District Council has promised a new get-tough policy on grot spots. Some disbelievers accused councillors of electioneering following our story last week, but times are changing. Deputy leader Coun Nick Worth said: “We are determined to tidy up the district – if we have to intervene we will do.”

Here the campaign begins...

It may be pink – but a landmark in Spalding’s Holland Market has become one of the biggest eyesores in town.

Already hundreds of signatures have been collected to urge Anglian Water to clean up the water tower that once proudly displayed the tulip symbol, but now looks tired and dirty.

But Coun Gary Taylor is determined for change. He said: “We have dozens of pages signed by residents who want something done about the state of one of the town’s biggest landmarks. It’s time Anglian Water spent some of their profits on cleaning it up.”

The Castle Ward councillor has already spent some of his personal budget on tidying the riverbank, with the help of local clean-up volunteers Sandra and Tony White, who were also involved in collecting names for the petition.

He said: “I’m also planning to talk to landlords of empty shops to see if we can work out a way of helping residents who work from home to use them to showcase their goods.”

Residents will not be surprised about two derelict buildings on top of the hit list – the Bull and Monkey pub in Church Gate and the old Royal Mail sorting office in The Crescent.

On Tuesday, it looked like the message may have got home to the owner of the old sorting office as Crescent Traders’ Association members reported seeing “a lot of activity in the building”, which has permission to be made into flats. But the Bull and Monkey remains an eyesore, made worse by a burnt out caravan and car in the car park.

Coun Christine Lawton said she had to take East Midlands In Bloom judges past the building and couldn’t prevent them seeing it. She said: “If the owners won’t sort it, we have to take radical action.”