It was with little surprise that I walked over the bridge in Wilmslow Park this morning to once again find a number of traffic cones and safety barriers thrown into the river.
Since I last wrote, this section of The Bollin river continues to be a popular meeting spot for large groups of teenagers, with a large party taking place at the weir where they tend to gather, clearly audible from the bridge on both Friday and Saturday night.
I once again decided to carry out my civic duty and retrieve the cones and barriers (note for Cheshire East Council - these are now located where all the trees have been felled), followed by a wade up the river to clean up the numerous plastic and glass bottles thrown into it (three bin bags filled in total, plus a camping chair!).
As I moved up the river towards the weir, there was the usual large group of teenage boys and girls (around 15-20, mainly boys) clearly smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol - I'd put their average age about 14/15 years-old. Whilst in the river collecting bottles, two were thrown in beside me, followed by a barrage of abuse. As I made my way out of the river, I was confronted by around 5 of the boys who surrounded me, obstructing my way. When I asked what their issue was, I was met with a torrent of foul-mouthed abuse.
On this occasion I have reported this incident to Cheshire Police with the hope that they might occasionally patrol the area, which is clearly become a meeting place for the unoccupied youth of Wilmslow.
My concern wasn't for me, but anyone else who might be walking past these groups of teenagers and feel equally threatened. I'm a 45-year-old male in reasonable shape, but just imagine if this happened to someone elderly or with their young family!?
Sadly, there's no consequence anymore for people acting this way.
It won't deter me continuing to clean the area up though, but I do wish the Council would get on with repairing the pavement and remove the street furniture before the inevitable happens again!