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Riverside work under way

Improving Spalding's riverside area was top of the agenda at the inaugural meeting of a community group.

Cllr Jack McLean

Spalding town Councillors Gary Taylor and Jack McLean were joined by residents, councillors and Police Inspector Jo Reeves at the Riverside community forum held recently.

The group aims to raise awareness of environmental issues facing the river Welland and has started work to help enhance the surrounding areas.

During the meeting, it was agreed that new bins to sit alongside benches will be purchased and a trial period of bush and shrub growth will get under way.

Removing graffiti was also discussed along with the prospect of introducing artwork on bridges over the river.

The group will actively work on raising awareness about littering along the river following recent high profile incidents.

Cllr McLean said: "As strong believers in this approach, it was excellent to see the meeting unfold and organisations working together.

"We are looking ahead now to 2016 for art projects, community payback, new bins, graffiti removal, restoration works and an ever closer community."

Cllr Taylor said: "I am a strong believer of this multi-agency approach to tackling issues and getting results.  

"I hope to see more residents and local businesses joining us next year, as when we work together we can genuinely make a difference to our environment."  

The next meeting of the group takes place on Friday, February 26 at the Pennygate Foundation in Spalding and members of the public are welcome to attend.

For more information email Cllr McLean on jmclean@sholland.gov.uk or write to South Holland District Council on Priory Road, Spalding, PE11 2XE.

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