Recreational use of village park

A father of two is becoming increasingly fed up with the amount of litter which is being left in the village park, particularly in the pavilion where the two table tennis tables are located.

On Sunday morning Tam Byrne once again discovered empty bottles and nitrous oxide canisters when he took his two daughters to play in the park.

He said "It's a shame but the nice idea of the table tennis tables for recreational use gets abused like this but not only that, people don't clear up after themselves. I can't remember any time people have had a game of table tennis on them."

Tam added "Cleaning it up with my two daughters and other kids playing in the park all you can smell is marijuana from a group of fully grown Eastern European looking guys stood on the park smoking it at his time of the morning."

Alderley Edge Park


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Kelvin Briggs
Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 3:01 pm
One for the PCSO?
Nitrous Oxide canisters have been found by 'Alderley Edge in Bloom' volunteer litter pickers on a regular basis in the Park Car Park, Railway Station Car Park, Waitrose Car Park and up at Castle Rock on the Edge.
'Hippy Crack' seems to be the current recreational pastime for local youths with nothing better to do.
Good to hear local families are cleaning up the rubbish in the park, if only more people did the same and the littering classes stopped dropping litter or were caught in the act and prosecuted.
Gill Walmsley
Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 6:30 pm
We are so lucky to live in such a nice area. It is such a shame that some people leave their litter around - for other people to clear up. We can see in areas like on Brook Lane and on the by pass, where people have thrown litter out of car windows. It is so generous of the local community to give their time to picking up this litter but I wish something could be done to prevent it happening in the first place.
Roy West
Wednesday 13th February 2019 at 1:26 pm
Well done for bringing this to everyone's attention. Surely this needs cracking down on by the Police before it becomes a regular meeting point for drug runners and other unwanted troublemakers. Can we expect a response from the Police?
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 13th February 2019 at 4:27 pm
Hi Roy,
back in the day, the then PCSO added the park to his 'beat'. Perhaps the present PCSO might emulate?

Hi Kelvin,
once it became clear that the vandals were determined to try to make the two tables unusable, there was a thought that the provision had been a brave try that alas would not work. From that came a suggestion that the two tables be re-located e.g. the Guides, the Scouts, inside the Festival Hall, in an hospice etc.
Any thoughts?
Gary Morrison
Thursday 14th February 2019 at 5:36 pm
My fear is that the proposed skate park, All beit well intended will become another attraction for more of the same, litter, spliffs, beer cans etc etc and possibly not be utilized as much as was hoped ?
Simon Cartlidge
Thursday 14th February 2019 at 9:02 pm
I agree with Gary. The anti-social behaviour associated with skate parks is a cause for concern.
Tony Haluradivth
Monday 18th February 2019 at 11:14 am
Where do you suggest young folk go? There arrle no youth centres. Or would you prefer that they are seen and not heard. Tucked away in the dark on their PCs..It was not so long ago that they werr threatening to get rid of the football area in the Park and use the space cor car parking. I welcome any move to get them out in the fresh air doing some kinfd of sport. They aren't ALL vandals and ne'er do wells"
Gary Morrison
Tuesday 19th February 2019 at 8:01 pm
Hi Tony, not sure who your question was sent too, however, where do young folk go?Well, Where are they now, in the same place they will be post Skate park. certainly not leaning over the fence waiting for a skate park to be built, or looking for a youth centre on there iPhone, in order to pass time playing billiards or table tennis, if they were their would be a que at the band stand. It is an insult to suggest they should be seen and not heard and be tucked away in the dark, you sound like a dinassoure with such quotations. In addition we are fortunate two have two very very large playing fields for public use, none of which are utilized as a football pitch or for crowds of youths ambling in the fresh air, oh and for the record, I'm not against a skate park, I personally like the idea, HOWEVER, it is my opinion it will be as popular as the table tennis tables and the football pitches combined. I just thought before we pile a load of concrete into our public park we should perhaps do a little more market research ???? It's how and who you ask the question to get the correct responce.
Tony Haluradivth
Saturday 9th March 2019 at 8:07 pm
Sorry I have been away Gary you did not read my comment properly (typos I grant you). I was posing a rhetorical question for those folk who do not like to see teenagers and as you will see if you read again they were NOT my sentiments. I was asking if folk really think teens should be seen and not heard. I am very much on the well behaved teen's side and am not a dinosaur either ;))