Just stay away, plea to fly-tippers after clean-up
A stretch of water regularly full of dumped rubbish has had a
Contractors from the Lower Medway Internal Drainage Board spent
two weeks cleaning up the Fleet in Sheerness.
The footpath and Fleet are regularly used by the community and
residents had noticed the increasing amount of reeds in the
Works carried out involved the removal of silt and the majority
of weeds to make the area more accessible for walkers, as well as
It will also increase the capacity of the canal, ensuring any
potential flood risk is reduced.
A large wheeled excavator and dumper was used as part of the
clear-up and meant the closure of the footpath for safety
In August, more than 20 bags of waste, a bike and a shopping
basket were among the items collected by volunteers in a clean-up.
Last month, another clean-up also produced 15 sacks of rubbish.
A council spokesman said: “The works have now been completed and
we hope that the local community will reap the benefits.
“A local allotment area has already benefited from the area by
using some of the silt removed from the fleet as a form of soil
It is also hoped that come the spring, wildlife in the area will
be able to expand.
Sheerness West councillor Steve Worrall, who had praised the
decision to undertake the work, is delighted with the results but
said he wanted to ask people not to spoil it for everyone else.
“I think it’s marvellous and it’s a credit to the council and
drainage board,” he said. “But could I make a request that those
who want to try and destroy it – just leave it alone.
“There’s many residents that get pleasure from it, but there’s
certain people who throw things in to destroy it.
“If you can’t enjoy it, keep away.”
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