Sun brings out litter bugs

Community activist John Belshaw with a pile of rubbish left by people enjoying the sun at the new Wigan dam
Community activist John Belshaw with a pile of rubbish left by people enjoying the sun at the new Wigan dam
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A GREEN-minded community stalwart is urging Wigan revellers to take home their rubbish after a beauty spot was blighted with litter.

As the sunny weather has brought lots of Wiganers to the great outdoors enjoying picnics and barbeques, John Belshaw, member of Friends of Douglas Valley, was dismayed to discover a mound of rubbish near Wigan Dam, off Coppull Lane.

He said: “With the nice weather, we have had a lot of people picnicking near the dam and they left it in an a real state.

“People have left disposable barbeques, dirty nappies and drinks bottles just lying around. I can’t understand why people would do that. We also have the problem of dogs fouling and their owners neglecting to clean it up.

“It is all so demoralising as I organise litter picks and clean the rubbish away, only for it to return again. There is only so much we can do.

“I have been in discussions with the Environment Agency, who is responsible for the dam. The problem is not supplying the bins, but emptying them and we would need dozens as it is a big area. The dam is a nice place to wander around and it is being blighted by litter louts.”

John added that the area has been targeted by vandals as a fence at Yellow Brook, in Bottling Wood, has been damaged and trees have also been ripped down.

He said: “The police know about this, so hopefully something will be done. We need to bring these incidents to everyone’s attention to prevent it from happening.”

John is now calling for more people to join him on his litter crusade.

He said: “I am trying to get more volunteers to help me clean up the area. Over the last few months, numbers have dwindled as we have gone from 34 people to three or four.”

If anyone is interested in taking part in organised litter picks in the Douglas valley, email johntheblues@blueyonder.co.uk