One fine day leads to one big mess

Litter in Mesnes Park, left behind by people enjoying the sun and warm weather
Litter in Mesnes Park, left behind by people enjoying the sun and warm weather
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THIS is the mess left in one of Wigan’s flagship parks after one sunny day.

Hoards of people flocked to Mesnes Park over the weekend to enjoy one of the hottest days of the year, but after the crowds left a carpet of rubbish was left behind - even though there are bins dotted throughout the park.

One local resident, who asked not to be named, said: “I think it’s disgraceful really. The first time I noticed the rubbish was a few weeks ago when I was walking my dog through the park at about 6pm and it was everywhere.

“It had been quite a nice day so people had been in the park picnicking, which is great because after all the park is there to be enjoyed by the public. But it was just a shame to see so much rubbish left behind.

“I walk my dog in the park regularly and went on Saturday and Sunday last weekend and it was exactly the same story again, and on Sunday morning there was a council employee picking up all the litter left behind from the day before.”

Mesnes Park is currently undergoing a multi-million pound regeneration to attract more people to the park and to restore it to its former glory.

The restoration is now entering its second phase thanks to a £1.9m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund which it received in September.

Phase Two of the programme will include the restoration of the historic entrance lodge, refurbishment of the bowling pavilion and footpaths, improved park lighting and furniture.

It will also see the return of the Coalbrookdale Fountain and the restoration of the magnificent Pulham Rock feature among other projects.

A spokesman for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, which manages the park on behalf of Wigan Council, said: “We would encourage everyone to take pride in their parks.

“They are there to be enjoyed but this can only happen if people clean up after themselves.”