Rubbish blight on playing fields

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A headteacher has pointed the finger squarely at residents and dog walkers for the school’s problems with litter and dog fouling.

Ormiston Sudbury Academy’s playing fields, which are frequently used by dog walkers and residents on evenings and weekends, have been criticised for being left in a dreadful state.

In response, Caroline Wilson, principal of the academy, said: “Our students are encouraged to collect litter and use the bins we provide, which are emptied at the end of the day.

“Residents and path users drop litter as they walk through our site.

“The fouling is a constant issue and it is disappointing that some members of our community do not respect the areas our students use; the field is a classroom for PE and a social area at breaks and lunch.

“Residents should not use the fields as they are private property and should use the footpath provided.

“We have worked with the community, speaking with residents walking dogs and asking parents to help us keep their children’s use of the field foul and litter free.”

Mrs Wilson said the school would look into fencing off the fields to counteract the problem.

“It is something we will consider as part of our site programme,” she said. “But it is very costly and ultimately should not be required.”

Paul Stokes, from Richard Burn Way in Sudbury, often walks his dog across the field and said the area had been in a terrible state recently.

“The school field is disgusting,” he said. “There’s a lot of sweet wrappers and drinks bottles.”

The 42-year-old said more needed to be done by the school to prevent rubbish being dropped by pupils.

He added that dog fouling was a major issue, and called on the town council to provide more dog bins.

Bradley Smith, Sudbury’s community warden, said the council could not put bins on the fields themselves as the school site was private land, but pointed out that at least five bins were located close to the playing fields.