Sledgers told to take their rubbish home

Councillor Bob Riley with some of the broken sledges left at the Dale in Cottingham

Councillor Bob Riley with some of the broken sledges left at the Dale in Cottingham

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Sledgers at a beauty spot near Corby are being asked to take their rubbish home with them.

Dozens of people have been enjoying the snow on the hills around Cottingham but some have left a pile of broken sledges for volunteers in the village to clear up.

Corby councillor Bob Riley, who represents Cottingham and Middleton, said: “It’s not just sledges. You see people using for sale signs and compost bins lids. Last year someone even left a plastic bath that they had used for sledging.

“We are asking visitors to please take their rubbish home when they visit the village. The recent snow has made the hills in and around Cottingham perfect for sledging but sadly people come from outside the area, use the facilities and then leave their rubbish.

“We welcome people to visit our lovely villages, especially when they spend money in our Village Store and Cafe and the Royal George pub.

“What we don’t like is people leaving a huge amount of broken sledges for villagers to clear up.”

Cllr Riley said visitors to the Dale have ignored a sign, put up by a resident, asking them to take their rubbish home.

He said: “It clearly states that residents have to deal with the rubbish as the Dale is nothing to do with Corby Council and is owned jointly by local people and the parish council.”