Cleaner future for Spalding

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A cleaner future for Spalding is on the cards now ward councillors are putting their hands in their pockets to support road sweepers and keep rubbish off the streets.

At their last meeting, members of the town forum agreed a plan where they could call on the Community Payback team to do additional work when needed.

Councillors are being asked to give £450 of their budget to fund a weekly litter pick by the Community Payback team.

Chairman George Aley said at the October meeting: “We’ve talked about the litter problem enough so let’s just do it.

“I’d like to see the same thing happening in Spalding as in Disney World, where if you drop a piece of litter someone appears from nowhere to clear it up.”

Coun Andrew Miller had agreed to be co-ordinator and last week handed out forms to councillors for them to log work that needed doing and report back.

It is hoped a number of jobs can be logged together to reduce call-outs, paperwork and overall costs.

Insp Jim Tyner said full bins had been causing his officers problems.

He said: “It has been difficult for my officers to get people who are seen dropping waste to pick it up when the bins are full and there is nowhere to put it.”

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones reminded councillors there was already a scheme running at South Holland District Council which involved working with the Community Payback team.

He said: “You are not using what is already there. Assuming the council is not doing its job is a mistake.”

Coun Aley assured him Coun Miller’s plan was put in place to prevent any duplication of call-outs.

He said: “Keeping our streets clean is just as important as any other work being done in the town to make it a nice place to visit.

“We had a lot of compliments about the Christmas lights and it all goes towards creating a nice atmosphere.”

Members of the public can report items of rubbish that need collecting to their ward councillor by visiting for contact details or inform the district council’s service registering the request on the website.