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Sheerness mum calls for help to clean rubbish from The Fleet to help protect wildlife

By Emma Grove

A mum is hoping to recruit volunteers to help her clean a stretch of canal as she’s fed up with seeing wildlife having to wade through rubbish.

Traci Traynor walks by The Fleet in Sheerness every day and says it’s so full of waste it’s disgusting.

She is particularly concerned as she says she has seen at least three lots of ducklings and a heron at the site recently.

Litter at The Fleet in Sheerness

A few weeks ago she rescued a duckling from the hoops of plastic which come from cans of drink and she says the water and its banks are full of rubbish, mainly beer cans and sweet wrappers.

Earlier this month, she filled up a whole bag from a 300-yard stretch and she’s now hoping to get a work party to help her clear the rest.

Miss Traynor, of Clyde Street, Sheerness, goes past the canal to take her children to and from West Minster primary and says she would be keen for schools to get involved in the clean-up to educate the pupils about the dangers of dropping litter.

“I’m just so fed up with it,” the 42-year-old said.

“We live on a beautiful Island and people treat it like a rubbish dump.”

She says there is a bin on the site but it doesn’t have a base so anything put in there just falls out.

But she’s hopeful if she and some volunteers clean the area, people will make an effort to keep it that way.

She hopes to organise the work party to take place in a few weeks time.

A spokesman for Swale council said it does arrange for its contractor to clear rubbish, but is grateful for any extra support from volunteers.

They added: “Bins are provided and we ask that everyone who enjoys the area is respectful of others and throws away their rubbish or take it home.”

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