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Spalding graffiti blight: volunteers pledge urgent clean-up

Plans are underway to tackle the current blight of graffiti in Spalding town centre.

Volunteers from Spalding Riverside Forum and Spotless Spalding aim to be out in force next month to wipe the unsightly scrawl from buildings along the town's riverside and other areas.

Graffiti along Spalding river bank. (11913295)
Graffiti along Spalding river bank. (11913295)

They are being kindly supported by Spalding business PPM (Premier Propery Management) in Swan Street, which is providing the non-toxic chemicals and pressure washer to aid the clean-up.

South Holland District Councillor Jack McLean, who founded the Riverside Forum along with fellow District Councillor Gary Taylor, said: "We are just sorting out the date. We'll be working along the river, but we are going to hit other areas too.

Coun Jack McLean. (8980784)
Coun Jack McLean. (8980784)

"We did this previously but there has definitely been a spate of graffiti lately. It seems a daunting task, although we have noticed that the areas we cleaned last time don't seem to have been hit again.

"The chemicals that are used keep the graffiti from sticking to the wall after it's been cleaned so I am pretty confident this is still an effective method."

Graffiti on the Bull and Monkie pub, Spalding (11913284)
Graffiti on the Bull and Monkie pub, Spalding (11913284)

Mike Flynn, owner of PPM Property, said: "The longer you leave graffiti, the worse it gets. We have a bit of a blight at the moment. My view is that businesses in town have a duty to help look after the area."

Coun Taylor added: "We don't expect in Spalding or South Holland to see this. In other places you get graffiti but we don't expect that here.

Coun Gary Taylor. (8877404)
Coun Gary Taylor. (8877404)

"I don't call it art, I call it vandalism. It is intimidating and there is evidence that people who are vulnerable don't feel safe in areas where there is graffiti."

In February this year, we reported on new graffiti that had appeared on a wall on private property between Hills Department Store and the Lincolnshire Poacher pub on Double Street.

The huge graffiti tag, which looked like it spelt the word 'Skul' was called an eyesore.

That same tag has also been spotted daubed on the front of the derelict Bull and Monkie pub in Churchgate.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones. (2506388)
Coun Roger Gambba-Jones. (2506388)

However, that site is currently the subject of a legal wrangle between the owners and South Holland District Council.

"Last time we cleaned up the site, we were unable to recover all of the taxpayers' money and the owners forced our hand at the last minute," explained portfolio holder for place for the district council Roger Gambba-Jones.

"We know it is frustrating and not what people want to hear but we can only do what we can legally."


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