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Joint measures to tackle fly-tipping and 'grotspots' across Holbeach bring parish and district councils together

An assault on fly-tipping and "grotspots" across Holbeach is under way, with parish and district councils joining forces to tackle the problem.

Workers from the Pride in South Holland team and Holbeach Parish Council staff are together slowly cleaning up areas of the town.

But the purge on overgrown footpaths, graffiti, overflowing bins and fly-tipping is also happening in villages, such as Holbeach Bank, Holbeach Hurn, Holbeach St Johns and Holbeach St Marks.

Holbeach Parish Council clerk David Boyce (left), with Tony Croft, team leader of Pride in South Holland. Photo supplied. (5722474)
Holbeach Parish Council clerk David Boyce (left), with Tony Croft, team leader of Pride in South Holland. Photo supplied. (5722474)

Parish council clerk David Boyce said: "It’s been a real journey trying to make the most of the services available to us, without increasing costs.

"But simple things like reacting instantly to fly-tipping reported by our litter picking team has made a real difference.

"Going out with the team during the early hours and empowering them to report more fly-tipping around the town has resulted in those areas being cleared more quickly."

Mr Boyce confirmed that at least six cases of fly-tipping in Holbeach had been reported to the district council over the last three months.

Tony Crofts, team leader for Pride in South Holland, said: "Since joining the team, I have laboured the point to parish councils of making the most of the

resources available to them.

"Challenges with funding have meant that I have had to work harder on the strategy so that residents can really feel a change.

"Litter breeds litter but by improving our response times to reports of fly-tipping and reaching out to parish councils directly, we are starting to see a change."

Coun Paul Foyster, chairman of Holbeach Parish Council, said: "It has been so encouraging to meet with Tony and see the renewed investment into the town.

Coun Paul Foyster, chairman of Holbeach Parish Council.
Coun Paul Foyster, chairman of Holbeach Parish Council.

"Opening up communication is the first step towards making real change which is why the parish council is asking residents to report grotspot areas, either on our Facebook page or by visiting our office at Coubro Chambers, West End, Holbeach so a priority list can be created and communicated.

"I am confident that, moving forward, the pledge of "the difference a day makes' will help see a real change on our streets.

"The residents are proud of Holbeach and it is great to be part of something that is taking this to the next level."


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