A PROBLEM passage in Spalding town centre has been fenced off to stop it becoming a magnet for litter and anti-social behaviour.
Police have teamed up with businesses that back on to the path running between the Sheep Market and Gore Lane to install a fence and block it off and now say they welcome any plans to regenerate the neighbouring land off Gore Lane that suffers from similar issues.
The path had been plagued with problems from people dumping litter, spraying graffiti and drinking and dropping cans and bottles and was earmarked for action by police and businesses in the Chamber of Commerce.
Last year the Clean Up Spalding campaign blitzed the grot spot as part of a clean-up across the town.
Chamber member and clean-up volunteer Pete Williams said: “It is a shame that it has come to that but they’ve done a fantastic job.
“At least something has come out of what the Chamber and the Clean Up Spalding campaign started.”
Sgt Stuart Brotheron, of Spalding Police, said he was pleased to see the path had been blocked off, but officers will still look to solve the problems in the Gore Lane area.
That area, including the former telephone exchange site, has been earmarked as a possible redevelopment site by Richard Garvie, chief executive officer of Sustainable Spalding.
On Tuesday we revealed the land was Mr Garvie’s third choice for a possible town centre cinema, after the Holland Market bus station and Victoria Street car park.
Sgt Brotherton said: “We are not saying this fence will cure the whole problem but it is a good result and it will prevent people from accessing the rear of those businesses.
“This obviously hasn’t resolved the whole issue of Gore Lane but we do know that some things are being considered down there.
“Any of the three sites mentioned by Mr Garvie would be welcome but Gore Lane is the most important.
“Anything that’s going to solve problems in the town centre is of great benefit to everybody and we have always said we would work whoever we can to make life better in the town.”