‘Council should clean rhyne’

PUBLISHED: 21:00 04 May 2011

(click on image for larger view) Paul Harris angry over rubbish in rhyne that has not been collected, Snowdrop Close, Wick St Lawrence.

(click on image for larger view) Paul Harris angry over rubbish in rhyne that has not been collected, Snowdrop Close, Wick St Lawrence.

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EFFORTS to clear rubbish from a rhyne in Wick St Lawrence have been labelled a ‘disgrace’ by nearby residents.

Workers from North Somerset Council cleared vegetation from the water trench behind Snowdrop Close last month.

The council said rubbish, such as grass cuttings and rubble, were also cleared from the site during the operation.

But people who use the rhyne walkway and live nearby claim no litter was picked up.

The neighbours initially got together to plan a clean-up operation, but have since dropped the idea, insisting it should be the council’s responsibility.

Paul Harris, aged 52, of Snowdrop Close said: “It is just ridiculous that they are saying rubbish was cleared up – just look at the site, there’s litter everywhere.

“I don’t think it should be our job, as residents, to clear it up when we pay out taxes for the council to do such jobs.”

Mr Harris, a professional consultant, said he feared the pile-up of rubbish could have a damaging impact on the area.

He said: “As adults it should be about creating a positive atmosphere which makes people proud and respectful of the place they live.”

A spokesman for North Somerset Council said: “We have recently carried out work on this area removing a lot of rubbish and removing a lot of vegetation which will begin to grow back soon.

“We would urge everyone to dispose of rubbish properly.”

The spokesman called on anybody who witnessed fly-tipping to contact the council on 01934 888802.

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