‘Council is doing its job but the people are not’

An alley in University Square earlier this year. The council have since been working to keep the area tidy.
An alley in University Square earlier this year. The council have since been working to keep the area tidy.
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PEOPLE living in the University Square area of the town centre need to take responsibility for their actions, says a community leader.

The Journal reported in January how a minority of people living in the area of Cambridge Street, Oxford Street and College Street were using alleyways between houses as a dumping ground for waste including clothes, food, shopping trolleys and a mattress.

Libby Simpson lives in the area and is Chairman of Grantham Town Centre Residents’ Group. She drew attention to the original problem but says people need to match the council’s efforts and do their bit.

Libby said: “The district council are doing their job brilliantly but the residents are not. Although it’s clean and tidy now it’s not down to the residents at all.

“It’s not the council’s responsibility but without them it would be back to where it was before.”

The mess piling up in January was cleared away by the council after the problem was highlighted by the Journal. However, Libby is keen to point out that it is not the council’s problem and is grateful for the on-going efforts of SKDC’s waste and recycling manager, Pat Swinton.

She said: “It is beautiful at the moment because Pat and his team are keeping on top of it.

“If it wasn’t for them we’d be living in a pig sty.”