Pride in South Holland investment to carry on

Continued investment will be made into The Pride in South Holland project – a specific team of council officers charged with cleaning up district grot spots.


South Holland District Council invested £88,000 in the project last year, which focuses on clearing problem areas of things like overgrowth and litter.


Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “The Pride in South Holland project was introduced as an addition to our routine street cleansing service.


“It acknowledges the importance we all place on our local environment, by providing a dedicated resource that can quickly respond to issues across all areas of our district.


“The work of the team has been extremely well received by our residents.  


“We are now seeking to continue the investment required to maintain this enhanced performance.”


The Pride in South Holland campaign was launched in 2014.


The budget covers a Pride Team of three operatives, a vehicle and appropriate hand tools.


The team works in conjunction with the street cleansing operatives.


In the financial year leading up to April this year, the team undertook cleansing and clearance works across South Holland in areas such as Fleet Hargate, Holbeach, Tydd St Mary, Sutton Bridge and Pinchbeck along with sites within Spalding – one example being the approaches to Ayscoughfee Hall and gardens.


Early in the financial year all the public toilets throughout the district received a thorough cleanse as part of the Pride initiative.  


The Environmental Investigations Officer is funded to work an extra day a week on prevention and legislative interventions in respect to environmental crimes.   


A recent report to the council’s Governance and Audit committee  said: “We will make available additional funding in 2017/18 to increase the scope of the Pride in South Holland project and review the street cleansing standard to embody principles and lessons learned from activity in 2016/17.”


A report is expected to be presented to the council’s cabinet soon.

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