Grantham Journal columnist: Jacob Stuart

Columnist: Jacob Stuart
Columnist: Jacob Stuart
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I find Gerald Whysall’s actions, reported in last week’s issue of the Journal, inspiring.

You can find many who complain about the ‘state of Grantham’ yet do little to use their own time to make a change.

Visiting the town centre’s messiest locations, Mr Whysall took pictures and reported his findings to the council in a bid to simply improve the town’s reputation with visitors.

It’s a small step but it has knock-on effects. Clean Grantham up in an effort to get repeat visitors and the town as a whole will benefit.

It’s not just for the town’s tourists that these areas should be cleaned up however. Residents have to deal with the litter of inconsiderate businesses and other Granthamians every day and it shouldn’t be so. In order to clean up the town, we all need to be vigilant.

I’m very happy to hear from the South Kesteven District Council that they’ve taken Mr Whysall’s findings on board and have added one of his ‘grot spots’ on to the daily litter patrol. They also clarified that while they currently are not receiving many complaints about litter they will always investigate them.

As such it’s not only on us to be responsible for how we deal with our own rubbish, but also to make sure the council is aware of regularly dirty areas.

While the SKDC doesn’t have the powers to take on business premises being simply ‘untidy’ they will step in for rodents and extreme cases of rubbish in public areas.

My Whysall has taken a step in attempting to clear up the town and the council has taken note. It’s up to all of us to continue his good work and make Grantham an attractive place to visit and live.

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