Unsightly graffiti was blasted from the walls of a notorious Spalding eyesore as our Pride in South Holland campaign gathers pace.
Efforts to clean up the former Bull and Monkie pub site continued this week with another blitz of the area on Tuesday.
Workmen steamed graffiti from the walls and permanent fencing including a new gate was put up at the front of the site to secure the area.
This follows a clean up earlier this month which saw bushes, weeds and shrubs removed.
The building's owners, Crispen Holdings Limited, were previously served a notice to clean up the site, but failed to respond.
Council officers acted quickly to carry out the work, with the cost being billed to the owners.
The Pride in South Holland campaign, which was recently launched to clean up derelict eyesore sites across the district is gathering momentum.
In addition to the work at the Bull and Monkie, a street cleaning hit squad has been tackling roads and alleyways across South Holland, clearing up fly tipping and other rubbish.
Cllr Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for planning, said: "We're only a few weeks into the Pride In South Holland campaign, but have already made great strides.
"The Bull and Monkie site has been transformed in a matter of weeks and at no cost to the taxpayer.
"We are putting together a full list of eyesore sites to be tackled as part
of the campaign and these will be revealed shortly."
Over the coming weeks the Pride in South Holland campaign will see local areas spruced up with a range of actions to ensure the district stays clean.
The campaign will also include:
* Additional cleaning of town centres.
* Community payback service carrying out improvement tasks.
* Re-painting of equipment at 18 play areas
* New signage and CCTV installed where necessary
South Holland District Council have partnered with Orchestra’s Live to bring ‘First time Live’, a unique initiative putting young people in the production role of a professional orchestral concert, to Spalding. With support from Lincolnshire One Venues, CLS and John K Miles, Youth Takeover have been in charge of the entire concert, from selecting the music to designing the concept and marketing the event.
Latest Green Bag Lottery winners
October saw another eight lucky winners of our Green Bag Lottery who are now
£100 better off just for recycling correctly.
The winners included:
Sherrilee Bekker from Spalding
Hazel Shenton from Holbeach Hurn
Mrs Swepstone from Holbeach St Marks
Helen Moss from Crowland
Sadly two houses missed out on bagging the cash, one in Holbeach and the other in Fleet.
To participate in the scheme, simply put your green bag out for collection.
Every month ten households are randomly selected using a computer programme.
The properties are then entered into lists for the recycling crews, which contain the selected properties plus up to ten other neighbouring properties.
The crew simply put a tick in a box if your green bag is out at the kerbside.
Any bags that have the wrong items in will not be counted towards the regular recycling target of presenting a green bag for three out of four weeks.
It doesn't matter how full your recycling bag is, just as long as it is out on the curtilage of your property by 7am on your collection day.
Meanwhile, the waste and recycling team will be at the Christmas Market on Sunday, November 30 giving tips and advice.
There will also be the chance to name the Green Bag Lottery mascot and bag yourself a great prize!
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01775 761161 and ask for Environmental Services. Alternatively, please visit www.greenbaglottery.co.uk.
New recycling technology
Infrared technology is ensuring that recycled waste in South Holland is
processed more effectively and has helped to reduce contamination.
A new Residual Recycling Facility plant ran by South Holland District
Council's recycling reprocessor has recently been installed at Barkston
Heath to help re-process materials that get left over from the first phase
The new technology is in addition to the more manual sorting system at our
Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) based in Caythorpe.
All of South Holland's recycling gets taken to the MRF site where it gets
processed and sorted into main recyclable materials such as paper,
cardboard, glass, aluminium cans, steel cans and plastic bottles.
However, small items sometimes slip through the sorting lines at the MRF due
to the machinery not recognising smaller objects.
Mixed materials or those that are stuffed inside containers can also get
The new facility is especially designed to recognise specific packaging with
infrared sorters used to separate materials out.
This sorts materials into categories including plastic film, tetrapacks and
cardboard/paper, pots tubs and trays, non-ferrous cans and ferrous cans.
Cllr Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for waste management, said: "Since
our campaign to reduce recycling contamination started the rate has dropped
from around 13 per cent to 8 per cent over the past few months.
"This is partly due to the new sorting system but also down to South Holland
residents and we thank them for their vital help."
New lorry panels launched
Our fleet of refuse lorries have been given a new look - with eye-catching
Agripa panels fitted to their sides.The panels include colourful designs promoting our Green Bag Lottery scheme,
street markets as well as general advice about recycling. They were recently fixed to our fleet of 13 vehicles and can now be seen as the lorries make their way across the district on collection rounds. The panels are fastened with Velcro designed to withstand pressure of around one tonne.
Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for Waste Management, said: "The panels certainly stand out and look very smart.
"We are serious about promoting recycling through the Green Bag Lottery as well as supporting markets.
"The panels will be seen by people all over the district and I am confident they will raise awareness of our services."
For more information on recycling and waste collection in South Holland visit www.sholland.gov.uk/environment/waste/ or www.greenbaglottery.co.uk.
Our waste and recycling team can also be contacted on Twitter at @SHDCwaste.
The latest lucky winner of South Holland District Council's Green Bag
Lottery has been revealed.
Maria Silva, of Beech Avenue, Spalding, won the £1,000 top prize and was
presented with her cheque this week.
The Green Bag Lottery, which has been running since February, promotes good
recycling and aims to raise awareness of its importance.
Every four weeks, ten households are randomly and secretly selected to take
Each one that presents recycling correctly for at least three of the four
weeks is awarded £100 and they are then placed into a draw to win £1,000.
A delighted Mrs Silva said: "I am over the moon, I really can't believe I
have won."Recycling is so simple to do - it takes little effort but makes
such a difference.
"I try to encourage my children, family and friends to recycle."
Cllr Roger Gambba-Jones, the council's portfolio holder for waste
management, said: "We congratulate Maria and thank everyone who took part in
the last round.
"The Green Bag Lottery has only been running for seven months but already it
is raising awareness of good recycling across the district."
Photo caption Laura Simpkins, SHDC's Waste and Recycling Officer and Cllr
Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for Waste Management, present Maria
Silva with a cheque for £1,000.
South Holland District Council has awarded another £900 to great recyclers.
The council’s Green Bag Lottery scheme has just completed its second round – and there were nine £100 winners out of a possible ten.
The cash has come at just the right time for Holbeach St Marks couple John and Mary Newell.
They are celebrating their diamond wedding next month and are putting the money towards a celebration party for family and friends.
Mr Newell (82) said: “The win was a lovely surprise and we’re grateful to the district council for this £100.
“We’ve been recycling for a few years now and always have plenty to put out each week.”
It could get even better for the Newells because all winners’ names go forward to a three-monthly draw to win a further £1,000.
Other £100 recipients in the latest round included:
Agnieszka Nijak, of Knipe Avenue, Spalding
Roy Shortland, of Hawthorn Bank, Spalding
Craig Hodgins, of Gleed Avenue, Donington
Jason Carswell, of West Street, Crowland
Allen Hook, of Allenby’s Chase in Sutton Bridge.
District council waste and recycling officer Samantha Gibbons said: “We’re delighted that we’re able to award this money because it means that these winners are recycling correctly and regularly.
“However, we know that there is plenty more that can be recycled in our district and we hope that the Green Bag Lottery will encourage more residents to do their bit and recycle more.”
Households in South Holland are automatically entered into the scheme but can elect to opt out. Ten households are randomly and secretly selected every four weeks. Every one which presents recycling correctly for at least three of the four weeks wins £100.
The scheme, which will run, for at least a year is funded by a grant from the Government’s Department of Communities and Local Government’s Weekly Collections Support Scheme.