Plea to keep field free of rubbish

Coun Michael Pullen with bags of rubbish on the playing field
Coun Michael Pullen with bags of rubbish on the playing field

A playing field which was recently revamped has been turned into a grot spot with heaps of rubbish strewn around the area.

The field, in Whaplode, had its official re-opening just seven weeks ago after being refurbished, including new equipment – such as a climbing frame – for children in the village to enjoy, which cost around £10,000.

Councillor Michael Pullen went to check on the field one morning last week to find it in a state he described as “absolutely deplorable”.

Coun Pullen said: “It really was disgusting there – it was an absolutely horrendous sight. There were plastic bags, cans, crisp packets and all sorts strewn across the field.

“A very kind gentleman, who was there with his daughter, took it upon himself to pick up some rubbish and I helped with the rest.

“I saw a lady there who had travelled from Bourne to our playing field with her grandchildren because someone had told her that it was lovely, and to think she turned up to find it in that state is awful.”

CounPullen is calling on those who use the playing field to take care of the area more so that it does not end up in a similar state again.

He said: “A lot of work goes into the playing field and I think the kids just need to toe the line a little bit more and pick up their rubbish after themselves.

“It’s not for my pleasure, it’s for the kids who use it and I’d love them to help us tidy up.

“The playing field has been used considerably more since it had its rejuvenation – the kids seem to love the basket swings we put in because they can sit in it and it’s like a little fairground ride, which is great to see.”

Funding is now being raised in order for another bin to be put in the field.

Faye Rowe, of the Whaplode Playing Field Committee, said: “Following a meeting, we’ve decided another bin in the field would be a great help.

“We can’t be there 24/7, but we do the best we can to keep it tidy, so if the kids can help us do that it would be great.”