SOUTH HOLLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL: Full approval for expansion of Pride in South Holland clean-up programme to cost an extra £272,000 over next year
An expansion of the Pride in South Holland operation to keep the area clean and tidy at a cost of an extra £272,000 is now official.
Two Pride teams, made up of council workers armed with a sweeper and bin lorries, will be charged with collecting litter, cleaning toilets and managing rubbish collection points across South Holland.
At a full meeting of South Holland District Council on Wednesday, members overwhelmingly backed a proposal agreed by cabinet members two weeks earlier which sees nearly £25,000 more allocated to the Pride programme before March 31, with nearly £247,000 more to be spent for the period April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.
The programme will also see the introduction of a new "litter dude" to look after any bins that fall outside the normal collection rounds, as well as those in play areas and lay-bys.
Spalding businessman and clean-up campaigner Ian Haynes, who threatened to the district council to court over the untidy state of some streets in Spalding, said: "It's very good news and I've already seen an improvement where the Pride teams have been active.
"What I did was a wake-up the council needed and, to be fair, it has heeded.
"I think it'll be good news for the residents of South Holland."
During Wednesday's meeting, Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, the district council's portfolio holder for environmental services, said: "Many council members will have seen the work of our current Pride team and I trust they will see the additional work to be carried out.
"This is in response to the issues that have been brought to the attention of the street cleaning team and the work will be across the whole district to ensure that we're addressing all issues, in all wards.
"The Pride tean has gone to great lengths to communicate with all parish councils and we've had good feedback from them about the work being carried out."
Regarding the "litter dude", Coun Gambba-Jones said: "This person is ooking after those litter bins that our collection crews don’t empty as part of their normal collection rounds.
"They will also be maintaining bins in play areas and lay-bys and also litter picking in these areas.
"In addition, they will deal with missed bag collections and any problem with residential waste collection points, particularly where local residents are raising issues."