A COMMUNITY clean-up took place in Carrbrook on Sunday, May 24 to clear fly-tipping and littering was described as a “fantastic success”.
It was organised by Carrbrook Angling Club to tidy the areas around two waters they fish off Crowswood Drive.More than 30 residents and angling club members met at the bollards on Crowswood Drive where they were handed litter picks and gloves. Social distancing was not an issue given the expanse of the land.
And they collected more than 30 bags of waste in only one hour.
Gary Rothwell, angling club chairman, admitted fly-tipping has become far more widespread in the last couple of months.
He said: “It is a disgrace, heartbreaking. We clear it, come back and it as bad again.
“We have always had fly-tipping, but it has been a lot worse since lockdown when we have struggled to get bailiffs out to patrol the area.
“We have had illegal tipping, illegal fishing and a lot of anti-social behaviour. In places it looks like an abandoned campsite.”
Gary hopes the clean-up will help the community come together as well as raising awareness of the importance of looking after the environment.
Cllr Jan Jackson added: “It was a fantastic success with more than 30 residents turning up to put in some hard graft.
“More than 30 black bags of waste were collected in an hour and residents from various areas of Carrbrook joined together to make a difference.
“I am proud what was achieved and the efforts from families and individuals.”
The community clean ups will take place each Sunday at 10am until the area is cleared.
Carrbrook Angling Club leases the two lakes, known as rainwater one and rainwater two, from the Casey Group.
The club, whose membership has been as high as 150, also leases the right to Millbrook Dam and Walkerwood Reservoir..