Boston’s own self-styled ‘gulley gal’ has launched a ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign to get town residents to take more pride in their property frontages.
Coun Carol Taylor has been instrumental in recent months in helping clear streets of parked cars ready for essential gulley and street cleaning.
Where streets have been cleaned some residents have been so appreciative that they have come out afterwards to brush their own frontages to match the new tidiness.
Now Coun Taylor wants more to display similar pride. TV’s Kirstie Allsopp is ambassador for Keep Britain Tidy’s Love Where You Live Campaign and has said you can improve the value of your property by making sure your street’s frontages are clean and tidy.
Coun Taylor, a Boston borough councillor, said: “I am urging householders, whether they own their home or rent it, to show pride in where they live by sweeping their frontage and collecting up and binning the sweepings, just like our mothers used to do when they also used to paint and polish their front steps.
“And to encourage their neighbours to do likewise.”
The most recent gulley-cleaning exercise was in Boston’s Grand Sluice Lane, and the most successful so far, with all cars removed first thing in the morning and a completely empty street for the cleaners to work in. Work has also taken place in Sidney Street, Robin Hood Walk, Norfolk Place, and Norfolk, Hartley and Stafford Streets.
Coun Taylor delivers borough council letters two weeks in advance plus follow -up reminders, requesting that people ensure their cars are removed from the streets before work begins by Lincolnshire County Council highways and Boston Borough Council.
She said: “Residents are appreciative of the clean-up. They realise it is for their benefit. Clean gullies and clean streets mean quicker dispersal of flood water, be it from the river or flash flooding following a torrential downpour.
“Some streets have had additional work done such as pot-holes filled in and white lining. And their streets just look nicer.”