Residents clear up waste dumped in Cranbrook beauty spot
PUBLISHED: 11:15 02 April 2019 | UPDATED: 15:35 02 April 2019
Picture: Kelly Curran
Youths are believed to have taken rubbish from outside a house and scattered it in and around the Cranny Brook in Cranbrook Country Park
Rubbish dumped at a popular beauty spot in Cranbrook prompted a rapid clean-up operation by shocked residents.
Cardboard packaging, polystyrene, milk cartons and a pillow were found on Monday, April 1, in Cranbrook Country Park.
The items were scattered in and around the Cranny Brook, between Post Coach Way and Crimson King, and were spotted by dog walker Kelly Curran, who posted photos to Facebook.
She told the Midweek Herald: “There is polystyrene broken up everywhere and is littered all downstream along with cardboard, a soapy foam substance, lots of plastic cartons and a pillow.”
This was initially thought to be a fly-tipping incident, but is now thought to have been the work of youths, who took the rubbish from outside a local resident’s home and scattered it in and around the brook.
After realising what had happened, the householder went to clear up the rubbish, helped by other residents. East Devon District Council workers also attended, on Tuesday morning.
The incident is believed to have been reported to the youths’ school.
East Devon District Council has posted a statement about the incident to Facebook.
It reads: “We’d like to thank all the local residents who have been brilliant in helping us with a messy piece of fly tipping in Cranbrook. In fact a number of residents had already managed to litter pick up a lot of the rubbish before our team had arrived this morning. We’re not sure where the rubbish has emanated from, but there is some limited evidence, which we may be able to follow up, to try and identify the source of the waste. The larger pieces of rubbish were being used by children to make a ‘camp’ so we’re not sure whether they may have brought the items to the scene from elsewhere.
“On a more positive note, there have been very few fly tipping incidents in Cranbrook and we see this as more of a one-off incident. We are very grateful for the help of the local community who have clearly made tremendous efforts to keep their environment clean. It’s always good to work alongside the community and we appreciate their help in this and all matters.”