It’s YOUR turn to be a grot spot picker – and vote for action

Broken glass, boarded up windows and doors ... is it time Spalding's old sorting office was sorted out?
Broken glass, boarded up windows and doors ... is it time Spalding's old sorting office was sorted out?
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Derelict, neglected and sometimes crumbling buildings that blight the streets of South Holland are on a council hit-list to be sorted out.

But South Holland District Council, which has compiled an ever growing list of such sites, wants feedback from you so they can target first the buildings that make your blood boil.

Spalding’s Bull and Monkie pub was the first eyesore to be spruced up by the council which is determined to put back the pride in South Holland.

The Red Cow at Donington is likely to be next, but the council hopes to press forward through successful negotiations with the owner.

The reserved site for action next is the old butchers shop in Bull Lane, Long Sutton.

Among properties on the council’s list are:

• The New Bridge Inn at Glenside South, West Pinchbeck

• The former Royal Mail Sorting Office in The Crescent, Spalding

• The Bell pub in Church Street, Pinchbeck

• Derelict shops next to The Chequers in High Street, Holbeach

• The former John Nell Farm in Bridge Road, Long Sutton

• The former Bartons/Barlings butchers shop in Bull Lane, Long Sutton

• The Red Cow at Donington

The council is adding more sites to the hit list – and this is your chance to nominate a site that isn’t on the list.

The Bull and Monkie was cleared up after official notices were served on the owners – the first to clear overgrown trees and shrubs in the grounds and the second to remove graffiti.

Council leader Gary Porter said: “Once the handmade gates are fitted we will be submitting a bill for all of the work to the owners and if necessary will pursue this through the courts for payment.

“However, I still hope the owners come forward with immediate payment and that they talk to the council about their plans for the site’s future or its disposal.”

Coun Porter hopes the owners of the sites on the list will now realise that the council is serious about this campaign – and choose to do the right thing by the community and fix the problems themselves.

Let us know your grot spot by choosing one from the list above or putting forward your own suggestion – email We will pass the information on to the council, who will tackle the one with the most nominations.