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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Broken bottle danger at Cumbrian beauty spot

Broken bottles and piles of rubbish are turning a Whitehaven beauty spot into a dangerous eyesore, it’s been claimed.

Park bottles photo
Lynne Marshall in Castle Park

Lynne Marshall, who runs the Snecklifer pub in the town with her partner Garry, says Castle Park is being ruined for the people who want to enjoy it.

“There are youngsters here every night drinking and then smashing the bottles. A lot of the broken glass ends up on the grass and it’s only a matter of time before a child is injured, not to mention one of the dogs that get walked here.

“You see cans and cartons left lying about, broken vodka bottles, cider bottles. The thing is there are signs on the street saying no drinking but in the park there aren’t.

It’s just a small minority ruining the place for other people”.

While the warm weather attracts more people to the park in the day time, Lynne says it’s those that come into the park in the evening who need to be monitored.

“The council are brilliant, they try to keep the park nice and clean but there’s a limit to what they can do. The park needs patrolling. Why can’t the PCSOs come in during the evening to check on things?”

However, Lynne says it’s not just the drinkers in the evenings that are causing a problem.

“You come here at eight in the morning and you should see the mess. I pick a lot of it up and there’s an old chap who comes in and picks up rubbish too, several times a day. It’s not just the kids though. You see families, later in the day, coming in and having picnics then just leaving all their rubbish where they’ve been sitting.

“We need more bins, near to where people picnic to try and get them to clear away their rubbish.

“It’s a beautiful park. It has woods, paths, a play area and a bandstand. I don’t understand why adults don’t want to keep it tidy and why kids are allowed to get away with turning it into a dangerous environment for children playing on the grass”.

A Cumbria Police spokesman said: “We have been made aware of community concerns. Copeland Council were in the area yesterday and moved some young people on as did a PCSO.

Further patrols are planned for the area to deter young people from engaging in this sort of behaviour.”

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