‘Clean up Spalding’ weekend success

Scouts litter pick river bank
Scouts litter pick river bank
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Two groups were involved in efforts to clean up Spalding at the weekend, as part of a project to get the town spruced up.

A litter pick was held along the River Welland as part of the district council’s Pride in South Holland Campaign. This was the first part of the ‘clean up Spalding weekend’.

Staff from South Holland District Council were joined by councillors Roger Gambba-Jones and Elizabeth Sneath, along with intrepid members of the Spalding Explorer Scouts for the event on Saturday.

Using special litter pickers and bags the group cleared litter from the river banks close to the South Holland Centre and then the Scouts met at 10am in the morning at the water taxi jetty and took to the water in canoes to collect floating rubbish from the River Welland.

They filled 15 bags of litter, with their haul including cans, bottles, take away food boxes and plastic bags.

Afterwards, Coun Gambba Jones, portfolio holder for waste management, said: “It’s all looking a lot tidier now but it’s the scouts who really deserve the credit.”

Andy Cowper-Johnson, district commissioner for South Holland Scouting, added: “I’m very proud of everyone who took part. We certainly enjoyed ourselves.

“Several people walking along the river stopped and talked to us and were really positive about the clean up.”

The Pride in South Holland Campaign was set up last year to clean eyesore sites in the district and has already made great strides.

So far, the former Bull and Monkie pub site in Spalding town centre has been spruced up and a street sweeping team has blitzed over 200 tonnes of litter from roadsides and villages across the district.

Next on the campaign agenda is a clean up of play areas across the district, with South Holland District Council maintenance teams aiming to re-paint as much play equipment as possible.

The work is set to start shortly and be completed by late spring.