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South Holland wardens issue 50 fines in Spalding town centre

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More than 50 people have been fined for littering and spitting in a town centre by community wardens.

South Holland District Council has revealed that 56 fines were handed out in Spalding during one year in a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Lincolnshire Free Press.

Spalding town centre has a public spaces protection order, which prevents anti-social behaviour such as spitting, urinating, littering and refusing to hand over alcohol when asked by the community wardens, which were introduced in 2018.

Spalding town centre (56513168)
Spalding town centre (56513168)

Failing to comply with the order could result in a £100 fixed penalty notice or a maximum fine of £1,000.

Coun Gary Taylor, who is the district’s portfolio holder for Communities and Facilities, said anti-social behaviour would not be tolerated and is urging people to report areas which are experiencing issues.

He said: “The numbers prove that the community wardens are doing the job.

“This shows that in the town centre and and across the district that we don’t accept anti-social behaviour.

“Hopefully the public respect the work the wardens are doing and we deploy them all over the area.

“If you have a problem with anti-social behaviour please report it to the council as we can look to deploying resources to that area to patrol.”

A total of 56 fines were handed out in the town centre between April 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022. Police had handed out 27 fines for people breaking the traffic restrictions in Spalding.

No fines were handed out in Holbeach, Long Sutton, Crowland and Donington centres. The council said that while all areas of the district are patrolled, the higher footfall in Spalding results in more incidents being witnessed by officers.

Chairman of Spalding Town Forum Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said: “Our community wardens are pretty active. They are well respected and well known by the usual suspects and very good at the job they do.”

To report anti-social behaviour call 01775 761161.

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