Business owner gives his support to expansion of Pride in South Holland initiative which could cost just over £270,000 over the next 14 months
A Spalding businessman who threatened legal action over the state of the town’s streets has backed a £270,000 plan to expand a clean-up of the area.
Ian Haynes, who runs his own energy business, has welcomed a report which proposes extra investment for the Pride in South Holland initiative.
Four weeks ago, the Lincolnshire Free Press reported on Mr Haynes’ ultimatum to South Holland District Council, either come up with a programme to keep the streets clean and tidy or face court action.
District council cabinet members are due to meet today to decide whether to increase the number of Pride street cleaning teams from one to two, at a cost of nearly £250,000 in 2019-20.
In addition, a report to cabinet members asks for nearly £25,000 more to tackle fly-tipping, street cleaning and the emptying of bins over the next two months.
Mr Haynes said: “I’m very pleased to see the investment proposed in the report and it looks like we’re finally getting some action.
“The deterioration of the visual aspect of the town was becoming horrendous, but the district council didn’t seem to acknowledge the problem.
“So I thought the only way to go was to use legislation in bringing some urgency to the situation.
“A lot of people having going out and doing a marvellous job of cleaning up parts of the town.
“But now the district council seems to have a desire to get things right and if the cabinet approves this report, we should see some improvements around the town.”
An extract from the report said: “The last few months have seen an increase in the number of complaints received from residents who are unhappy with the condition of their towns, most specifically Spalding and Holbeach.
“It is clear that more needs to be done to meet the demands of our residents and to support our environment.
“In order to do this, we need to grow the Pride offering.”