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Tents, sleeping bags, plastic bags, takeaway containers and other rubbish removed from The Moat in Sheerness

Published Friday 23 April, 2021
Last updated on Friday 23 April, 2021

People crossing the bridge from Sheerness High Street over to Tesco’s can enjoy seeing the flowing Moat without rubbish floating along the top.

Swale Borough Council worked with local contractor Island Grounds Maintenance who got down into the water earlier this month to remove more than 60 bags of rubbish.

The rubbish is thrown into the water by passers-by which then builds up and accumulates in the reeds by the bridge.

Martyn Cassell, head of commissioning, environment and leisure at the council, said:

“The Moat in Sheerness along Bridge Road is a hot spot for us.

“Litter is thoughtlessly thrown into the water by passers-by who can’t be bothered to take their rubbish to the nearest bin.

“We removed tents, sleeping bags, road barriers, plastic bags, crisp bags, drink bottles and takeaway containers from the water.

“There are bins available at either side of the bridge, along the high street and at Tesco’s, so there really is no excuse for clogging up an essential waterway this way. It’s dangerous for our wildlife and an eyesore.”

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