Waste on children's play area "absolutely disgusting" (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Waste on children's play area "absolutely disgusting"
8:40am Tuesday 23rd September 2008 in News
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.