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BIG MESS: Rubbish builds up on Bentley Priory in Stanmore

 Published on: 14th September 2020   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A resident from Stanmore has claimed that neglect has let Bentley Priory fall victim to masses of rubbish and illegal fishing.

Sonia Rosenblatt, takes environmental issues very seriously and has been cleaning up litter in the park with the help of her dad for four months and together they pick up around 14 bags of rubbish a week.

However, Sonia, who runs digital marketing company Savvy SEO, feels she has been given no help from the council in this matter and is fed up having to tackle the issue herself.

She said: “It is outrageous that Harrow Council and the Harrow Nature Conservation Forum (HNCF) are leaving it up to citizens to pick up rubbish in Bentley Priory.  

“Over the past four months, I haven’t seen any wardens, patrols or anyone official picking up litter, other than collecting them from the bins, or anyone making sure people aren’t leaving litter behind, or disbanding the groups who like to congregate at certain areas of the park in the evening, leaving their bottles, cans and rubbish behind.”

Sonia has been left outraged at the rubbish anglers are still leaving behind, despite fishing being banned by Harrow Council and is hoping the council will ramp up measures.

She said: “It is a shame that a small group of anglers have ruined it for more responsible anglers, but the damage to wildlife and the environment caused by these anglers cannot be allowed to continue. 

“Despite the ban and NO Fishing signs, fishing still continues.”

Sonia added that she has received verbal abuse from anglers and feels she shouldn’t be the one responsible for removing them.

She said: “I am fighting this issue alone.  I will continue to do so until fishing in the Priory is a thing of the past. I won’t be happy until the council take more action”

Harrow Council have been contacted for comment and HNFC declined to comment.

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