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Multiple occupancy homes also cause refuse problems

Further to you article by Zoe Myall ('Energy facility to solve waste problems, Spalding Guardian, January 24).

An environmentally-friendly incinerator at Boston seems a most logical solution to deal with this continued growth of waste rather than to continue with landfill and the transport costs of it to Lincoln.

On the subject of waste, the explosion of house conversions to flats and houses of multiple occupancy in Spalding and Holbeach has for South Holland District Council (waste collector) led to a health and nuisance issues by the way these occupiers have to dispose of their refuse when they often have no curtilage and either leave on someone else’s property or in the street.

The agreement by the new owners of the Chequers to manage the waste from their new flats is much to be welcomed and something hopefully other landlords will follow.

Francis Biggadike

District Councillor for Holbeach Town Ward

John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon. (6837277)
John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon. (6837277)

I will continue to campaign for Brexit

In South Holland, we voted overwhelmingly in favour of leaving the European Union. The hopes of freeing ourselves of the ever closer union were justified and democratically inarguable.

Since the referendum, we have had a duty to leave that we are seeing continually jeopardised. I believe the public have long been ready for the result they voted for.

Despite having battled our way to this point with the help of representatives such as Sir John Hayes, we still have a fight on our hands. I want to see us become the lowest tax, business-friendly country in Europe.

Remain voters lost on the back of their doomsday scenarios and desperate rhetoric. It failed to materialise then and I still have hope that a future free of the European super-state is the best possible and most likely outcome.

Just as I had campaigned to leave before the referendum, I will continue to now. If I am successful in the upcoming district election, I hope to be a part of every opportunity Brexit offers the people of South Holland.

Jack McLean

District Councillor for Spalding St John’s Ward

READERS' PHOTOS: Cymon Lame took this picture in Gedney Dyke. (6869461)
READERS' PHOTOS: Cymon Lame took this picture in Gedney Dyke. (6869461)

Why only First Class stamps?

It is pleasing to see that the Whaplode Co-Op/service station will be finished and open in the near future ('February opening for £1.6m Co-op, Spalding Guardian, January 24) if for no other reason than it will be one less traffic issue in the centre of the village.

However, why is it as reported that they appear to be only willing to sell first class stamps?

Allan Beal


Thanks so much for all your donations

The Rightside Trust that manages Ella’s Project would like to say a big thank you for all the donations of children’s clothes for children from birth to five-years-old during 2018.

We have been able to help many families in the South Holland area and we are very grateful to everyone that has been there for us.

We had a very successful Christmas appeal which brought a smile to many young faces.

Once again the trust were pleased to work alongside Coun Harry Drury during the festive period. Sharing donation centres made sense and added to the success of both appeals.

The trust would also like to thank The Spalding Round Table and Ladies Circle for their ongoing support and sister charity ‘Children of Adam’ for their continued input in the more rural areas of the Trust’s coverage.

Mark Le Sage

Rightside Trust founder

They’d have me in court within 30 days

I read with interest the article regarding Mr Haynes and his no nonsense approach to cleanliness of our town and surrounding areas. Being a Spalding resident for 15 years, I wholeheartedly support his views on the subject.

I myself have been an active reporter of fly tipping and rubbish hot spots several times with the same growing frustrations with how South Holland District Council are not dealing with the problem with our well earned, on time, council tax payments.

My last report of large amounts of litter accumulating on land near me was on December 30. I was quoted a reference number, together with a generic statement that: “The aim will be to clear the fly-tipped item(s) within 3 working days.”

Granted, with new year, I wasn’t expecting anything to happen before the second week in January. I was paid a visit by a council representative who acknowledged my report but advised me that “it’s going to be a while” before they get around to dealing with it. With no further explanation, he thanked me for the report and left.

He wasn’t wrong. Thirty days after my report, nothing has been cleaned up, the accumulation of discarded rubbish from parked vehicles is steadily increasing in the area reported.

The words of Coun Roger Gammba-Jones and Coun Jan Whitbourn in last week’s Spalding Guardian are encouraging but so far, just words.

I wonder how long it would take the council to haul me into court if I chose to withhold a council tax payment for non-delivery of a waste collection service? Probably less than 30 days...

Russell Robson

Captain, Merchant Navy


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