Uckfield litter bins need emptying more frequently, a member of the Brighter Uckfield told a meeting on Tuesday.
Townspeople wanted to use the bins but all too often they were overflowing with rubbish, said Stuart Woodham, one of the volunteer litter pickers, at a Question Time session organised by the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association.
The meeting, which was held at Manor Primary School, heard the problem was obvious on Saturday when the festival Big Day Out took place, said Mr Woodham. Bins were full before the day even started.
He wanted to see local authorities and event organisers getting together to make sure bins were emptied in advance of activities because overflowing bins did nothing to improve the profile of Uckfield.
Mr Woodham said he was encouraged while clearing up around an overflowing bin when a little girl came up wanting to put some rubbish in the bin but had instead to put it into his black sack.
“People want to use the bins but they can’t,” he said.
Broken glass is a problem in Manor Park tunnel
Broken glass in a tunnel between the shops on Manor Park Estate and The Dene was a hazard to animals and children, the Question Time session was told.
The problem was particularly bad on Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings when it was covered in glass.
Mr Woodham said that was a problem that should be referred to Police Community Support Officers. It was a result of anti-social behaviour and was unfair to pets and children.
Overgrown twittens and ‘disgusting’ paths
Paths around Manor Park and Hempstead Fields are in a ‘disgusting’ state with people having to walk single file along some of them, another resident told the meeting.
Litter was one of the problems but grass, bushes and hedges from people’s gardens were being allowed to grow over them and the question was asked could something be done about that.
Paul Sparks chairman of the residents’ association said the problem came back to the fact that apart from Tower Ride all other paths on the estate were unadopted and privately owned in shares by householders.
He said the association was trying to get funding to improve the paths but that was difficult to do.
The county council had agreed that if the paths were brought up to adoptable standard they would take them over and maintain them from there onwards.
“The initial work to get them to an adoptable standard is a difficult one. What doesn’t help is that quite a few houses are let by absent landlords who are not concerned about what the paths are like.
“This issue is one that will not go away. It is just going to get worse.”
Another report from the meeting: Hopes for the future of Uckfield
More to follow.