Gosport lakes cleared of trolleys, tyres and carpets

Councillor June Cully, far right, with volunteers from the Gosport Waterways Group
Councillor June Cully, far right, with volunteers from the Gosport Waterways Group

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  • A team of volunteers spent the day clearing out Gosport’s waterways
  • A number of potentially hazardous items were found including carpets, trolleys and a microwave
  • People were shocked by the amount of dumped rubbish
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TROLLEYS, carpets and tyres were cleared out of waterways by a team of hard-working volunteers.

Councillor June Cully joined the Gosport Waterways Group in removing rubbish that had been thrown in the town’s lakes.

It is disappointing when we realised how much stuff we had pulled out of the water

Councillor June Cully

They spent the day cleaning up the potentially-hazardous waste from Haslar Lake along to Workhouse Lake.

Among the rubbish they collected were six shopping trolleys, a microwave, bike parts, car and bike tyres, several carpets, fishing line and a broken rod, ropes and broken metal items, as well as cans, bottles.

Cllr Cully, who represents the Town ward in Gosport, said: ‘It’s disappointing when we realised how much stuff we had pulled out of the water and it is shocking. We did a clean in spring but there was a lot more stuff this time.

‘It’s disappointing that people dump their rubbish in what should be lovely areas of Gosport.

‘They can be so hazardous to swimmers, small children and the wildlife.’

Cllr Cully added that residents living near the lakes were thankful for the work by the volunteers.

‘It’s nice knowing that people appreciate the work you are doing,’ she said.

‘It’s important that people look after the lakes and in Gosport we are lucky that we have a group of residents who care and look after the environment.’

Other groups keen to keep the shoreline clean have said they are shocked at the amount of rubbish dumped in the lakes.

Graham Smith, who organises the Round the Harbour Clean-ups, said: ‘It’s astonishing really at the amount of rubbish the group found.

‘I know the Gosport Waterways Group does regular clean-ups of the lakes so to go back and find more rubbish each time is shocking.

‘I feel councils should offer free pick-up on large items which could help stop them being dumped.

‘People find it cheaper to just dump items like carpets in the creeks than pay to have them removed.’