PEOPLE living near a creek spent hours picking up rubbish left by high winds and fly-tippers.
Around a dozen hardy volunteers braved the biting cold at the weekend to help clean up the Alver Creek, in Gosport. They found tyres, bike wheels and car parts all dumped in the mud around the edge of the water.
Working while the tide was out on Saturday morning, they cleared up the creek in two hours.
Labour ward councillor for the area, Cllr June Cully, took part in the big clean-up.
She said: ‘It is a beautiful spot and we’re just asking people to respect it.
‘High winds have resulted in a lot of rubbish washing up but some things have quite obviously been dumped – it’s very frustrating. We do these clean-ups quite regularly.
‘Some of the worst things we have found over the years have been televisions, car batteries and paint pots. Just because it goes in the water doesn’t mean it disappears.
‘We had about 11 people come and join us for this clean-up. That is pretty good for a cold Saturday morning.’
The creek clean-up was organised by the Gosport Waterways Action Group.
Antony Frasle, 39, of Dolphin Crescent, was there to help out.
He said: ‘I live nearby and I like the view of the creek from where I live and it’s spoiled by seeing lots of rubbish here.
‘It’s all about taking pride in where you live.
‘It’s not nice to walk along the pathway and see it littered with rubbish.
‘It’s a nice area with a nice view. I have a boat so I see it from the water side of things as well and the same applies.
‘It’s nice to be able to look over the place and see it looking neat and tidy.’
Cllr Cully is urging anyone who spots people dumping rubbish in the creek to contact Gosport Borough Council’s Streetscene officers to report it. She added: ‘This is a protected area.
‘It is covered by the Portsmouth Harbour Site of Special Scientific Interest.
‘It’s important we keep cleaning it up for the benefit of the wildlife and the people who live here.
‘It’s right in the heart of Gosport town and visitors enjoy this place.
‘What a shame it is for them to come here and see it covered in rubbish.’
A similar clean-up event is being organised with the White Lion Youth Project to take place some time next month.
They will clean up the rocks along the town’s promenade.
To find out more about this event, contact Cllr Cully on (023) 9252 6140 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to report people dumping rubbish you can call Gosport council’s Streetscene team on 08000 198 598.