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Residents clear up travellers´ rubbish

By Warren Wilkins 19th September 2018

Residents clear up travellers´ rubbish

COMMUNITY-MINDED residents pitched in to help clear up the mess left behind by a group of travellers in Newquay on Sunday.

Cllr Zoe Dixon and her husband Terry were aghast when they came across the litter that was left strewn across the overflow car park behind Waterworld.

They started to gather up the rubbish when Rohan Chohdri, armed with gloves and black bags, offered to help. Volunteers took the bags of litter to the refuse and recycling centre at Trevenson Road.

Cllr Dixon said: “My husband Terry and I walk our dog through the car park and football golf field every day and had walked passed the travellers’ encampment regularly.

“I was unaware that they had left and as we walked up the field from Trenance play park end we saw the caravans had gone and then were dismayed by the extent of the mess left behind.

“I started to gather up litter and try to stack it in one place when a man on a bike rode up and asked my husband what had happened.

“Terry explained about the travellers and the gentleman, Rohan Chohdri, said he had some black bags and would help. Rohan even offered me the left hand glove of his pair and between us we cleared the whole area. Whilst we worked a Cornwall Council van turned up to empty the nearby bins  and they took some of our full bags, but their van was full so they said they would go to empty the van and then return.

“Whilst Rohan and I walked up and down the car park plenty of people thanked us for what we were doing.

“When we got home I saw that there was a social media post and plenty of people were volunteering to clear up that afternoon.

“I just happened to stumble across it earlier but then some more lovely people cleared the bags and did a trip to the dump, so in the space of a couple of hours the landscape was back to normal.

“The community in Newquay never fails to show how amazing it is. Every day there are people doing their bit to improve the appearance of Newquay with organised litter- picks and beach cleans and adhoc and informal two-minute cleans too, and I’m proud to play a small part and to belong to this wonderful community.”

Residents are now calling on Cornwall Council to take a tougher stance against travellers following a series of fly-tipping issues whilst they have stayed in the town.

A resident said: “This is why we don’t want them back. It shouldn’t be down to kind, decent members of the community to clean up after them whilst they laugh.

“Hurling abuse at dog walkers, school children and people on the skate park. The council needs to put up barriers of some sort to stop them coming back.”

By Warren Wilkins 19th September 2018

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