CABINET CALL: A weekly column written by members of South Holland District Council. This week with Councillor Roger Gambba-Jones, Portfolio Holder for Waste Management, Green Spaces and Operational Planning
The local press produced positive coverage of our work to clean up the old Bull and Monkie pub site, however our Pride in South Holland campaign is not just about Spalding.
Dealing with such neglected sites across the district is a key part of the project, but by no means the whole story.
A dedicated street cleansing team has been set up to deal with areas that have become local hotspots for litter, graffiti and fly tipping.
As well as litter picking, the team has made excellent use of the extra road sweeping machine we now have, with nearly 140 tonnes of waste collected so far.
Naturally our main towns generate the most need, with Spalding having over 35 different locations dealt with. To date, Holbeach has had seven visits from the team, Sutton Bridge four and Long Sutton two.
The road sweeper spent four days in Crowland and a further five days in Donington.
Sutton St James, Holbeach St Johns, Surfleet and Deeping St Nicholas have all had comprehensive visits from the sweeper.
The team has also spent time cleaning up lay-bys, verges and roundabouts along two of the district’s busiest roads – the A16 and A17.
Holbeach Drove, Moulton, Weston, Weston Hills, West Pinchbeck, Gosberton and Quadring are all scheduled to be visited by the street sweeper.
At least seven of the district’s children’s play areas are to be repainted, as well as some landscaping and weed spraying in a number of areas.
Since being appointed, our Environmental Services Enforcement officer has also been working extremely hard to help improve our district.
Their work has centred on investigating fly tipping and those areas where residents have been putting out their refuse bags on the wrong days.
Whilst it’s too early to claim a lasting impact, December saw a reduction in fly tipping incidents from 50 to 25 and early bag presentation issues reduced from 14 to 8.
Our Enforcement Officer is also trialling the use of covert camera equipment, for use in dealing with such issues.