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Disgusted by path mess


A cycle path that is popular with dog walkers has been branded a disgrace because of the amount of litter and dumped waste.

People who use the route, from London Road, Balderton, to Newark’s Northgate Station, want it regularly inspected and cleared.

The area under a bridge off Cromwell Road, Newark, has been particularly bad this week.

Empty pizza and cake boxes and lager cans blight the area, along with sheets of paper including facts about natural disasters, a receipt, several photographs, including one of a cat, and a copy of the district council’s Voice magazine.

Plastic crates, a stool, unopened packets containing cartons of milk, a tyre and a saucepan have been thrown into a stream on the other side of the path.

Christine Kirkham, of London Road, Newark, walks her dog along the path up to three times a day. She said the litter, which appeared to have been thrown from the bridge, had been there for several weeks.

Christine Kirkham said bags of clothes were dumped there recently but had since been cleared.

“It is getting worse. Every day there is something new. A couple of days ago somebody had taken all the dog mess out of the bin and strewn it across the path,” she said.

She said broken glass created a danger for dogs and wildlife at the nearby pond.

Christine Kirkham said: “We pay council tax and I do not think it is too hard to send somebody down once a week or fortnight to clear it up instead of it getting this bad. It is a lovely walk but then you meet up with this — it is heartbreaking.”

Mr Kevin Ferguson, of Harcourt Street, Newark, walks his dog along the path.

Mr Ferguson said: “It is getting worse. There should be someone who comes regularly to keep it tidy. It could do with some more litter bins too.”

Mrs Lynda Grimmett, of John Gold Avenue, Newark, uses the path to get to Northgate Station.

She said: “We were greeted with all this rubbish flying around on Saturday.

“There is a tremendous amount of litter — I have never seen it like this. It is a disgrace.”

A spokesman for Newark and Sherwood District Council said: “With the limited resources that we have it is physically impossible to monitor all areas of the district.

“We try to respond as quickly as possible to reports and we greatly appreciate any information that residents can supply to assist us in identifying such areas.

“We have checked on our systems and we have not received any complaints or other information about this area.

“Now that we are aware of it we will endeavour to clear the area and add it to our list of problem areas.

“The council recently created a litter hit squad to deal with problem areas. It can be contacted by ringing 01636 655600.”

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