Volunteers sweep clean across Spalding for weekend tidy up

SPRING CLEAN: Youngsters and leaders from the 4th Spalding Cubs before their tidy up night by torchlight of Monkshouse Playing Field, Spalding.  Photo by Christine Gratton.
SPRING CLEAN: Youngsters and leaders from the 4th Spalding Cubs before their tidy up night by torchlight of Monkshouse Playing Field, Spalding. Photo by Christine Gratton.
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A mass tidy-up operation swept along by a tide of community action and effort made Spalding a more litter-free town on Saturday.

Youngsters and adults took advantage of The Great British Spring Clean weekend to make the town a tidier place.

The 4th Spalding Cubs laid a foundation for the weekend when youngsters and leaders took to Monkshouse Playing Field by torchlight for two hours last Wednesday.

Then a small army of all ages, some wearing high-visibility vests, were seen with litter picks in Bourne Road, St Johns Road, St Thomas’s Road and Winsover Road, before targeting Steppingstone Bridge.

Coun Angela Newton, who took part in what became known as The Great Spalding Spruce Up, said: “I worked with two teams of volunteers picking litter, with one team going along Hannam Boulevard, Bourne Road, Carrington Road and Pennygate.

“The other group picked litter on both sides of the Steppingstone Lane footbridge, off Park Road, then around the car parking area in Parkside Crescent and the field behind the bungalows.

We collected over a dozen bags of litter and this was a worthwhile exercise, but there is clearly more to do in educating people not to drop litter

Coun Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for communities and facilities, South Holland District Council

“I would like to thank all the volunteers who gave two hours of their time on Saturday to help make Spalding a cleaner town.”

There was also a welcome turnout from the Spotless Spalding group who have been tidying up the town’s train station, in partnership with volunteers from Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum, since summer 2016.

Coun Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for communities and facilities at South Holland District Council, said: “We collected over a dozen bags of litter, the majority of it just over boundaries of private land.

“We managed to collect it by using our litter picking sticks and also spoke to a number of residents who congratulated us on our work.

“At the same time, we informed them of the need to ‘play by the rules’ and not put rubbish or furniture out on the streets when no collection is taking place.

“Overall, this was a worthwhile exercise but there is clearly more to do in educating people not to drop litter.

“We must also encourage more people and organisations to play their part in making our environment cleaner.”