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Clean-up trashed within a few hours

Swindon Advertiser: Sussex Square with litter strewn around Sussex Square with litter strewn around

HOURS after offenders finished clearing up Walcot’s dilapidated Sussex Square, teenagers visiting youth cafe Our Place covered the Walcot centre with rubbish.

Councillors asked for offenders working with the Community Payback Team from the Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC), which is replacing Wiltshire Probation Trust, to clear the square after grass, weeds and bushes were allowed to grow wild.

On Friday last week and on Wednesday this week teams spent hours weeding, raking, scraping and sweeping the Square to make the area a more pleasant place to visit and enjoy.

Debbie Estarbrook, manager at the Walcot Charity Shop and Library, was disappointed with how quickly the youngsters had undone all the good work of the offenders from the Community Payback Team.

She said: “The guys did such fantastic work out there clearing it up, it was all overgrown before and they really worked hard, cutting back all the weeds.

“It made the Square look more respectable and a nicer place to work.

“When I went home on Wednesday night it looked really, really good, they had done such a good job.

“But this morning the place was covered in rubbish that kids visiting Our Place had thrown everywhere, just for fun.

“There was one of them there who said it was him and another lad who had just been messing around, who was picking some of it up again.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was so disappointed after all thehard work.”

It was hoped that clearing up the area would encourage residents – including youngsters – to take pride in their community and look after the square, and ultimately reduce cases of anti-social behaviour.

Coun Abdul Amin (Lab, Walcot and Park North), who called the Community Payback Team to tidy the square and was also instrumental in setting up the Our Place youth cafe as a safe place for youngsters to meet, said he was disappointed that the teens had had the bin fight although some of them cleaned some of it up the following morning.

He said: “I’m a bit disappointed with what’s happened and I will be speaking to the police and the council about it to see what we can do to prevent it happening, as well as to local residents.

“I’ll also be speaking to the Street Smart team to ask if it can be cleared up.

“We worked hard to set up Our Place because there was a big demand for it, and I asked the Community Payback team to come out because the Square had become so overgrown and untidy.

“It’s unfortunate that this has happened.”

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6:22am Fri 11 Jul 14

gambon says...

what a waste of time for the criminals forced to do up this area why not make them do some proper work and build the canel instead of wasting time on a scum area of the town
what a waste of time for the criminals forced to do up this area why not make them do some proper work and build the canel instead of wasting time on a scum area of the town gambon
  • Score: -23

7:14am Fri 11 Jul 14

Arrowfield says...

How did they make the weeds grow back??
How did they make the weeds grow back?? Arrowfield
  • Score: 0

8:58am Fri 11 Jul 14

Davey Gravey says...

gambon wrote:
what a waste of time for the criminals forced to do up this area why not make them do some proper work and build the canel instead of wasting time on a scum area of the town
You sir are a moron.
I'd say someone with your disgusting attitude is the scum.
[quote][p][bold]gambon[/bold] wrote: what a waste of time for the criminals forced to do up this area why not make them do some proper work and build the canel instead of wasting time on a scum area of the town[/p][/quote]You sir are a moron. I'd say someone with your disgusting attitude is the scum. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 2

9:39am Fri 11 Jul 14

Arrowfield says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
gambon wrote:
what a waste of time for the criminals forced to do up this area why not make them do some proper work and build the canel instead of wasting time on a scum area of the town
You sir are a moron.
I'd say someone with your disgusting attitude is the scum.
Whilst I don't agree with gambon's choice of words anyone who thinks this area is anything but run down and ugly is somewhat delusional.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gambon[/bold] wrote: what a waste of time for the criminals forced to do up this area why not make them do some proper work and build the canel instead of wasting time on a scum area of the town[/p][/quote]You sir are a moron. I'd say someone with your disgusting attitude is the scum.[/p][/quote]Whilst I don't agree with gambon's choice of words anyone who thinks this area is anything but run down and ugly is somewhat delusional. Arrowfield
  • Score: 11

9:41am Fri 11 Jul 14

mrwoo says...

Walcot East!
Walcot East! mrwoo
  • Score: -4

10:40am Fri 11 Jul 14

trolley dolley says...

Arrowfield wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
gambon wrote:
what a waste of time for the criminals forced to do up this area why not make them do some proper work and build the canel instead of wasting time on a scum area of the town
You sir are a moron.
I'd say someone with your disgusting attitude is the scum.
Whilst I don't agree with gambon's choice of words anyone who thinks this area is anything but run down and ugly is somewhat delusional.
Yes the area has become run down, that is why it is being regenerated.

The local charity shop do a marvellous job with their volunteers, they show what can be done by local people with community spirit.

You are always going to get the small minority of low intelligence, uneducated anti social youths, they are in all areas not just Walcot E.

It is a pity that this happened but it is not the end of the world.
[quote][p][bold]Arrowfield[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gambon[/bold] wrote: what a waste of time for the criminals forced to do up this area why not make them do some proper work and build the canel instead of wasting time on a scum area of the town[/p][/quote]You sir are a moron. I'd say someone with your disgusting attitude is the scum.[/p][/quote]Whilst I don't agree with gambon's choice of words anyone who thinks this area is anything but run down and ugly is somewhat delusional.[/p][/quote]Yes the area has become run down, that is why it is being regenerated. The local charity shop do a marvellous job with their volunteers, they show what can be done by local people with community spirit. You are always going to get the small minority of low intelligence, uneducated anti social youths, they are in all areas not just Walcot E. It is a pity that this happened but it is not the end of the world. trolley dolley
  • Score: 15

10:43am Fri 11 Jul 14

lordbuckethead says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
gambon wrote:
what a waste of time for the criminals forced to do up this area why not make them do some proper work and build the canel instead of wasting time on a scum area of the town
You sir are a moron.
I'd say someone with your disgusting attitude is the scum.
Seconded. I would add an illiterate moron. I think he means canal.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gambon[/bold] wrote: what a waste of time for the criminals forced to do up this area why not make them do some proper work and build the canel instead of wasting time on a scum area of the town[/p][/quote]You sir are a moron. I'd say someone with your disgusting attitude is the scum.[/p][/quote]Seconded. I would add an illiterate moron. I think he means canal. lordbuckethead
  • Score: 5

10:58am Fri 11 Jul 14

staffnurz says...

Maybe bring the 'offenders' back to see the mess made by others. Then they can get an idea of what it's like to put hard work into something only to have others ruin it (rehabilitation an all that).
Is that all it was, just some litter spread about, Im sure that easily solved!
Maybe bring the 'offenders' back to see the mess made by others. Then they can get an idea of what it's like to put hard work into something only to have others ruin it (rehabilitation an all that). Is that all it was, just some litter spread about, Im sure that easily solved! staffnurz
  • Score: 21

11:58am Fri 11 Jul 14

Trend says...

Why don't they get the kids that attend Our Place to clear it up? They will never learn if they are not made to see what they have done.
Why don't they get the kids that attend Our Place to clear it up? They will never learn if they are not made to see what they have done. Trend
  • Score: 29

9:11am Sat 12 Jul 14

Goat67 says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
gambon wrote: what a waste of time for the criminals forced to do up this area why not make them do some proper work and build the canel instead of wasting time on a scum area of the town
You sir are a moron. I'd say someone with your disgusting attitude is the scum.
Quite so, there are many people living on Walcot who don't deserve to be labeled as scum and as normal it is a vulgar, disrespectful minority who revel in making the lives of the majority a misery.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gambon[/bold] wrote: what a waste of time for the criminals forced to do up this area why not make them do some proper work and build the canel instead of wasting time on a scum area of the town[/p][/quote]You sir are a moron. I'd say someone with your disgusting attitude is the scum.[/p][/quote]Quite so, there are many people living on Walcot who don't deserve to be labeled as scum and as normal it is a vulgar, disrespectful minority who revel in making the lives of the majority a misery. Goat67
  • Score: 4

1:55pm Sun 13 Jul 14

faatmaan says...

so much for a cctv , or was hat just hot air as usual, the culprits are probably the same hard core of losers, perhaps if their parents tenancies were put on the line................
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so much for a cctv , or was hat just hot air as usual, the culprits are probably the same hard core of losers, perhaps if their parents tenancies were put on the line................ ... faatmaan
  • Score: 2
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