Secluded Sidmouth area ‘blighted’ by rubbish
Resident irked by hundreds of beer cans and even a soiled nappy
A SECLUDED Sidmouth spot is being blighted by rubbish including beer cans and even soiled nappies, according to one upset resident.
Riverside Terrace householder Garland Pickard, 68, has lamented littering at a riverside footpath at the Ham.
Mr Pickard, who visits the area while walking his dogs every day, told the Herald: “People moan about dog mess, but the amount of rubbish is absolutely extraordinary. Only last week down there, I saw a teenage girl, with a young baby and a pram, changing the child’s nappy.
“When I came back I saw she’d left the soiled nappy and what she’d wiped the baby clean with by a public bench. This is just disgusting. I’ve picked up hundreds of beer cans there.
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“I’m alarmed at it looking like an absolute tip when Sidmouth relies so much on holiday trade.”
Mr Pickard says youths congregate at the Ham’s play area at night every weekend.
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“When you mention something to them you get a whole lot of abuse,” he said.
“It’s appalling. Nobody takes any care for their neighbourhoods now. It’s such a lovely and secluded area, yet it’s blighted by rubbish.”
The Herald reported last week how human faeces was cleaned up from the footpath (see page 8).