Residents urged to take care of their brook
OWNERSHIP and pride are cited as two potential solutions to the constant issue of potentially harmful waste in a stream where children play.
Other than the occasional tidy-up operation, led by volunteers such as Glynis Hales and Bill Gulliver in the past, there is nothing in place to protect youngsters playing in the area or the wildlife which uses it as a habitat.
Glynis, a presenter with the radio station Swindon 105.5, lives in Corsham Road and has connections with many of the community operations in Penhill.
Reflecting on her own experience with other problem sites, she said getting residents to take pride in the brook was key, and to instil a sense of ownership with those living near the stream.
She said: “I have no idea why the dumping goes on because there are plenty of places for people to dispose of their rubbish.
“People need to feel ownership of it. If they have that, they won’t want to dump rubbish in it. If you put seats down there, people would enjoy the area and the wealth of wildlife.”
Despite spotting carpet dumped in the brook in the past, Glynis revealed sightings of frogs and freshwater prawns in the water, and maintains her belief the water is clean.
Clare Foreman, secretary of Penhill Community Association, earlier this week said children enjoyed playing in the brook.
And Bill, 73, of Lilian Lock Gardens in Penhill, is concerned for the safety of these children, having spotted televisions and chemicals in the water. He does not think the brook is safe.
Bill said: “With people throwing all sorts of rubbish in there, there may be some chemicals in the water.
“There have been times on a sunny day when you can see chemicals in there, with all the different colours shining in the light.
“I think there are health problems for kids.
“I don’t know what the council’s system is, but they need to enforce the by-laws there with regards to dumping.
“It’s been going on for more than 20 years, and I’m fed up with the dumping down there.”
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