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Watermead residents frustrated over litter

The Parish Council has said the levels of rubbish in the area is rising.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:44am 30th June 2020. (Updated at 5:46am 30th June 2020) 2-minute read.

Watermead residents frustrated over litter

People living in part of Aylesbury are fed up with the rise in litter there.

Watermead residents have criticised the state their village is being left in by those using the area for daily exercise and gatherings.

The Parish Council agrees that visitors from Aylesbury and beyond are increasingly leaving their rubbish in public spaces.


Parish Councillor Eric Rose said:

"The Parish is fortunate to own a large amount of land around the lake which is an attraction for people from all over Aylesbury and beyond.

"The combination of the lockdown closure of pubs and restaurants and prolonged fine weather has seen a massive increase in the number of visitors who come here with food and drink and then leave behind all their rubbish. In a normal summer it is mostly at the weekend but for the past 2 months it has been almost every day.

"Although we have a number of volunteer litter pickers trying to clear the ground, we are having to pay contractors to take the stuff away daily, which is blowing a hole in the Parish budget.

"Ultimately, unless we can get help, the cost of all this extra activity will have to be borne by Watermead residents through a hike in their council tax.”

Parish Council Chairman Sue Severn said :

“Buckinghamshire Council has received extra money from the government for additional costs associated with Covid-19.

"Our request for a grant from this fund to help defray the costs of disposal of this mountain of litter has been turned down. It is totally unfair that Watermead residents alone should have to pay.”

“We are now seeking help from our MP Rob Butler”

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