Waste on children's play area "absolutely disgusting"

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The scene in the children's playground The scene in the children's playground

A CHILDREN’S play area is the latest casualty of the street cleaning crisis in Waltham Forest.

The playground, which is adjacent to the controversial Big Screen in Walthamstow Town Square, was reportedly covered with waste on September 22 after bins were found knocked over or overflowing.

Angela Spencer, 56, who had taken her grandson Sebastian to play there, said: “It was absolutely disgusting.

“There were children playing there and bins had been tipped out - there were dirty nappies on the floor and food everywhere and empty cans and empty bottles.

“I come up here every week but I’ve never seen it this bad.”

And Mrs Spencer, of Walthamstow, will now no longer be taking two-year-old Sebastian to the park as she believes conditions are too filthy.

“You can understand a bit of litter but this is disgraceful,” she said.

“Everyone was leaving - it was absolutely awful.”

Council street cleansing contractor Kier has faced heavy criticism for its performance, with some residents claiming their streets have not been swept for weeks.

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12:13pm Tue 23 Sep 08

E17006 says...

Thanks for keeping up this campaign guys! The litter levels in Walthamstow are disgusting, and unnecessary. It is really frustrating for those of us who live here, and know that its a great place under the cr*p.

600,000 saved? that's about five pounds a year for each person in the borough?

Bob Belam - where do I send my five pounds?

Can't we just get the cleaning team that does Hackney in - they seem to do a reasonable job.

Oh, and while we are at it - can we steal Hackney's labour party too (yes, I know they were corrupt before, but these days they are doing great.)
Thanks for keeping up this campaign guys! The litter levels in Walthamstow are disgusting, and unnecessary. It is really frustrating for those of us who live here, and know that its a great place under the cr*p. 600,000 saved? that's about five pounds a year for each person in the borough? Bob Belam - where do I send my five pounds? Can't we just get the cleaning team that does Hackney in - they seem to do a reasonable job. Oh, and while we are at it - can we steal Hackney's labour party too (yes, I know they were corrupt before, but these days they are doing great.) E17006
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12:22pm Tue 23 Sep 08

Technomist says...

The grass is always greener...

Hackney is nothing like as good a place to live as Walthamstow.
The grass is always greener... Hackney is nothing like as good a place to live as Walthamstow. Technomist
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4:59pm Tue 23 Sep 08

E17006 says...

@Technomist!

True enough! But their streets are a lot clearer at the moment.

Oh and they have that lovely outdoor pool! ;-)
@Technomist! True enough! But their streets are a lot clearer at the moment. Oh and they have that lovely outdoor pool! ;-) E17006
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11:02pm Tue 23 Sep 08

cheeky chops says...

Walthamstow is without a doubt the most dirty place i have ever seen in the world, one of the reasons i left.
Walthamstow is without a doubt the most dirty place i have ever seen in the world, one of the reasons i left. cheeky chops
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