Litter in Dyke Road Park

Residents may be interested to know the results of a correspondence between myself and the Head of Cardinal Newman, Mrs Malvina Sanders. I first wrote in Nov 2008 to complain about the piles of litter I witnessed being dropped in the park by Year 11 pupils during their morning break (when they were allowed out of the school as a ‘special privilege’) but received no response. In September this year I tried again, mentioning that I was intending to send photos of the disgusting state of the park to the RC Diocese. This time she did respond and, following an exchange of letters, she has banned the pupils from returning to the back entrance of the school, through the gap in the fence between the public playing field and the school playing field.

I have not been monitoring the situation, but did notice today that there was almost no litter at the western end of the park. I would interested to hear whether people who use the park daily (dog walkers, for instance) have noticed a general improvement.

Of course, with winter coming, there is likely to be less litter anyway, but we need to be vigilant that the school does not relax the ruling in the spring, and allow its pupils to use the park as a thoroughfare once again.

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One Response to Litter in Dyke Road Park

  1. steve fricker says:

    As a regular dog walker in Dyke Road Park I too have noticed, as mentioned in a previous post, a dropping off [ as it were] in the daily distribution of litter by the pupils of Cardinal Newman School, but don’t worry, I suspect its only a seasonal lull. Before you know it, it will be Spring and the park will be a riot of paper and plastic of every colour and hue, truly a sight to behold. And if you are very lucky, on certain days, you might just catch a glimpse of a teacher or two, bin bag in hand, wandering silently through the seated circles of pupils, trying to catch a half eaten sandwich, or a coke can, before it hits the ground. I dont quite understand the rules of this game, put it looks pretty tricky and the pupils generally have the better of it and the teachers leave the field defeated. But we are truly blessed that such rituals should be shared with us all. It could so easily take place within the privacy of the school walls and its vast playing fields, or even on BHASVIC field [you know, the one that was left to the people of Brighton as a recreation ground by Lord Davigdor , but has since been given over to the BHASVIC and Cardinal Newman ]. So, mindfull of their place in the community, and in a spirit of almost overwhelming generosity they share this display with the public. Well done school! Roll on Spring!

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