Spalding graffiti: This is the brilliant clean up work by a team of volunteers
An amazing team have embarked on a successful clean up of graffiti in Spalding town centre.
Volunteers from Spalding Riverside Forum and Spotless Spalding, with the help of town businesses, cleaned graffiti from along the riverside and other areas.
The clean-up was led by South Holland District Councillor Jack McLean. He is also chair of Spotless Spalding and co-founder of the Riverside Forum with fellow District Councillor Gary Taylor.
Sharing photos of the clean-up on Facebook, Coun McLean said: “This would not have happened without the time, equipment, experience and generosity of PPM Services (64 Swan Street).
“Additional thanks to Scooby Doos for their donation of gloves and other products we used during the clean-up.
“And a final thanks to the Loft for their very kind lunch that we all needed and thoroughly enjoyed.”
PPM (Premier Property Management) provided the non-toxic chemicals and a pressure washer to aid the work.
The chemicals not only clean the graffiti from a surface, they also stop it from sticking to the wall after it’s been cleaned to prevent the same area being targeted again.
Coun Gary Taylor, who is also the council's portfolio holder for communities and facilities, said: "This was a great effort by volunteers and businesses working to improve the environment and make it look cleaner and brighter.
"People do feel safer in a place that is clean."
And he urged anyone who sees anything suspicious or has information on gangs committing graffiti or vandalism to report it to the district council or police.
"It is about teamwork and working together so by providing information it can help the council to take action and we do prosecute."
As well as working on the clean-up, Coun McLean has helped fund a security camera out of his ward budget for the alley next to FJ Barbers in Albion Street.
He said: "There had been a spate of fly-tipping in the alley so hopefully this will help to stop it."
The barbers additionally helped fund the camera with it being installed by DCS Security Systems.
The alley leads through to the riverside - and it also now has a new name. It's been called 'Barber's Cut', a clever play on words, thanks to Spalding and District Civic Society. The Riverside Forum applied for funding for a sign with the new name through Tesco's Bags for Life fund for community projects.