Sunseekers leave park in a 'terrible mess'

The Carrs was left covered with rubbish this week after groups gathered to enjoy the warm weather which coincided with the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Council employees arrived at the park on Wednesday, 31st March, to carry out a clean-up operation.

A spokesperson for Friends of The Carrs said "After yesterday's beautiful weather there was a terrible mess left this morning. How lucky we are that Ansa Services ( thank you!) were there as always to clear up but what a shame that they have to do this. If the bins are full take your rubbish home!"



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Laurie Atterbury
Wednesday 7th April 2021 at 1:58 pm
The Carrs was donated to " the people of Wilmslow". Perhaps we should start charging "outsiders" that visit and have no respect for our park, as us council tax payers have to foot the bill to clean up their mess?
David Smith
Wednesday 7th April 2021 at 2:27 pm
Install a discrete CCTV camera system that covers the most popular areas of the Carrs and also the car parks. The recordings can later be viewed to identify the persons who leave rubbish behind when they go home. On the recordings they can be traced to any vehicle in the car parks, identified and a littering fine issued.
Eventually word will get out that if you don't clear up your mess you will be found out.
Sadly this is becoming the only way attitudes will change from believing - 'If I can get away with it, I'll give it a go'.
The same can be done about the dog poo 'hanging in bags from trees' problem. If the worst areas are monitored and the persons found out they can be named and shamed on and who knows, the problem may stop.
Lynne Fowler
Wednesday 7th April 2021 at 5:14 pm
I don't live in Wilmslow, my daughter does, but have often been to Carr's when visiting. When this desecration appeared on a local media site last week, several people responded to blame 'schoolkids' having 'no respect' - blithely ignoring the fact that schools were still 'in' until 1st April, and this filth would have been left behind by the people who visit for the day enjoy it, but cant apparently take their rubbish home when they go!
Unfortunately, as we have seen on national news, this filthy species is amongst us everywhere, low-intelligence, lazy, anti-social.
Simon Rodrigues
Wednesday 7th April 2021 at 9:59 pm
Where are the park wardens that we pay for?
Mark Goldsmith
Thursday 8th April 2021 at 9:19 am

Actually, you don't pay for Park Wardens because there aren't any for Wilmslow.

Cheshire East pays for the upkeep of The Carrs and improvements to it, while The Friends of the Carrs also greatly helps with its running. Wilmslow Town Council has also put up extra bins and signs asking people to take their rubbish home if all the bins are full.

However, we do not employ someone to actually tell visitors to behave decently and to not abandon their rubbish wherever they want. Frankly, I don't think we should need to either.

Cllr Mark Goldsmith
Residents of Wilmslow
Wilmslow West & Chorley
David Smith
Thursday 8th April 2021 at 12:06 pm
Thanks for your comment.
Problem solved then?
Mark Russell
Thursday 8th April 2021 at 2:43 pm
Mark Goldsmith.

Not your problem then? Cheshire East’s problem?

Hang on, aren’t we in Cheshire east? That means it is your problem, as you represent us. Let’s not forget who funds Cheshire east. US.

Perhaps instead of everyone “working from home” they can put a high viz on and monitor behaviour handing out fpn’s for littering and leaving dog muck? I’m pretty sure it would all stop pretty quick then.

Why don’t you start the ball rolling and we may have an answer by 2024, As I understand you need 27 committee meetings before anything ever gets done around here.

Let’s see if this appears in your manifesto for May? You call it “operation action at some point”
Mark Goldsmith
Friday 9th April 2021 at 11:41 am
@Mark Russell

Last week was a perfect storm. Lockdown restrictions eased, schools broke up for half-term and it was the hottest day in March since 1968.

Public parks and beaches up and down the country were all swamped with people taking advantage of these unique factors. The piles of litter they then left behind also made the national headline news. To expect Cheshire East to have a swot team of social workers, planning officers, teachers and IT staff on standby ready to swoop on The Carrs at a moment’s notice is another of the many unrealistic expectations you have of the council.

Instead, as the article acknowledges, Cheshire East acted proportionately and efficiently by sending in a team of council cleaners (Ansa) to The Carrs the next day to tidy up the mess.

While I am always happy to explain council matters to residents, the regularity and speed of your complaints plus the unreasonable (often illegal) actions you demand is now entering into the realms of trolling. I am therefore not going to feed that behaviour by engaging directly with you.

Instead, maybe you can reflect on why you want to obsessively argue every time Cheshire East is mentioned in a news story on here?
Mark Russell
Friday 9th April 2021 at 5:01 pm
Mark I ever asked for a swot team. It just goes to show out of touch you are. All it would take is two people in high viz dishing out the notices.

If you think a swot team is suitable then arrange it.

And I’m not sure what is illegal about issuing fpn’s I would imagine the fpn’s would stop illegal behaviour.

And as for the trolling accusation, you need to read a dictionary. I ask questions.
Matthew Fowler
Friday 9th April 2021 at 5:50 pm
Mark, your updates are appreciated.

Ignore the keyboard warriors- they have nothing better to do.......which is super ironic because they have no time to do anything useful, like volunteer to help the Friends of the Carrs...!!!

Trolling is unfortunately the preserve of those unwilling to act but quick to moan!!
Angela Karim
Sunday 11th April 2021 at 3:29 pm
Laurie - Such a warm welcome! We regularly visit and are 'outsiders'. Its always on my sons list of things to do. We always take away any rubbish and respect the area. You are welcome to visit M19 anytime and follow the leave only footprints rule!