Volunteers braved torrential rain in a bid to clean up a park plagued by flytipping and anti-social behaviour.
A small group of volunteers headed out to Croyland Park in Wellingborough after residents raised concerns about rubbish and flytipping blighting the park used by many families in the area.
Despite the cancellation of a planned barbecue due to the weather conditions, local residents and volunteers were still able to get out and try to clean up as much as they could on Saturday.
The community clean-up was organised following the build-up of flytipping, dog waste bags and items including shopping trollies and televisions dumped in the brook which runs through the park.
Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Wellingborough and Rushden Richard Garvie, who lives near to the park, was keen to praise the community spirit of local businesses and residents.
He said: “This event was organised at very short notice, and although we cancelled the event on Saturday morning due to the weather it was still great to see so many people turn out in the rain.
“I would also like to thank Steve Mawditt at Tesco and the team at Booker head office in Wellingborough and the guys at their Northampton outlet for their amazing offers of support.
“When you have such generous people in the local community, it makes organising these events so much easier.”
However, Mr Garvie said they had been left waiting for some larger items to be removed from the park.
He said: “I first reported the issue of the two large sofas being dumped on the site of the old swimming pool to a local councillor over a month ago, and have since spoken to the managing director and cleansing manager at Wellingborough Norse and the items have still not been collected.”
In response, a spokesman for Wellingborough Norse said: “The sofas have now been removed.
“There is no excuse for flytipping, it’s a horrible offence that makes an area look unsafe and unsightly.
“We can arrange to have unwanted items picked up from people’s homes so there is no reason to irresponsibly dump them in the park.
“We do try to clear up flytipping within days of it being reported to us, but we need to know exactly where the rubbish has been dumped, which unfortunately didn’t happen in this case.
“We would also ask anyone who sees someone flytipping to let us know as we can prosecute those responsible.”
Mr Garvie said he would also like to see greater patrols of the park to deter anti-social behaviour to help catch the people responsible for littering and flytipping.