Anger at sofa flytipped in charity-run beauty spot

Restaurant worker Philip Pettit, who regularly uses the park to relax, was shocked to see a sofa appear in the park

Restaurant worker Philip Pettit, who regularly uses the park to relax, was shocked to see a sofa appear in the park

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FLYTIPPERS discarded a sofa in a charity-run Marlow park last week, sparking anger among residents and the mayor.

Suzanne Brown has voiced her annoyance at the thoughtless litterbugs in Riley Park, which is run in trust for the community.

And the eyesore comes just a week after Cllr Brown raised concerns about the state of the town ahead of next month’s Britain in Bloom competition, following county council maintenance cuts.

The brown leather sofa first appeared at the park on Thursday and was found surrounded by empty bottles and cans, with Cllr Brown fearing it was left there after a party.

She said: “It’s a complete mess, it looks like somebody had a party on Thursday night. As well as the sofa there were bottles and cans everywhere but residents have cleared that up.

"They have just dumped the sofa there. It’s disgraceful to think they can just leave their rubbish there in a public park.

"We want to name and shame them so it doesn’t happen again, it’s not funny. Thankfully it’s quite rare in Marlow, but things like this can start to attract more litter.”

Cllr Brown said the irresponsible culprits’ actions will cost taxpayers money after arranging for Marlow Town Council’s maintenance team to remove the three-seater sofa.

Riley Park has been maintained by a charitable trust since being left to the town in 1914 by Edward Riley, who decreed the ground remains in trust so that children can play safely off the streets.

The registered charity is run by a team of voluntary trustees and receives no funding from councils.

The Trust recently obtained planning permission to install a ‘Heritage Trail’ around the boundary of the park insight into the history of the park and its surroundings.

And a day of celebrations is planned for July 19 as the trust celebrates the centenary of the open space that borders Riley Road, Cambridge Road and Oxford Road.

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3:33pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Dr Truth says...

I swear there must be a compulsory 'Staged Photography for Local Media' short course to explain shots like these.
I swear there must be a compulsory 'Staged Photography for Local Media' short course to explain shots like these. Dr Truth
  • Score: 13

5:33pm Mon 9 Jun 14

thethe says...

It looks far more comfortable than the wooden bench. Welcome relief for tired feet from the charity run. Would be even more useful if they left a coffee table and standard lamp too
It looks far more comfortable than the wooden bench. Welcome relief for tired feet from the charity run. Would be even more useful if they left a coffee table and standard lamp too thethe
  • Score: 11

5:25pm Tue 10 Jun 14

jayeatman says...

This is sickening, and just the latest episode in an ongoing litter issue Especially so when it's people living close to the Park doing it. You'd have thought they would show a tiny bit of civic pride. I hope their neighbours shop them.
I'm glad to see the Town Council helping out. It doesn't normally: The charity has to pay for the bins etc.
This is sickening, and just the latest episode in an ongoing litter issue Especially so when it's people living close to the Park doing it. You'd have thought they would show a tiny bit of civic pride. I hope their neighbours shop them. I'm glad to see the Town Council helping out. It doesn't normally: The charity has to pay for the bins etc. jayeatman
  • Score: 2

10:13pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Midsept says...

Ha ha, that sofa looks a whole lot better than the first one I had when I left home and got my first flat 33 years ago! It's leather and it doesn't even show any signs of wear and tear from the pic that I can see, other than it's a ghastly colour. Only in Marlow! If in somewhere like Manchester or London, that would have been taken away within minutes by someone who would have given it pride of place in their living room. It just needs a nice throwover LOL :-)
Ha ha, that sofa looks a whole lot better than the first one I had when I left home and got my first flat 33 years ago! It's leather and it doesn't even show any signs of wear and tear from the pic that I can see, other than it's a ghastly colour. Only in Marlow! If in somewhere like Manchester or London, that would have been taken away within minutes by someone who would have given it pride of place in their living room. It just needs a nice throwover LOL :-) Midsept
  • Score: 4

1:54pm Wed 11 Jun 14

T.C. says...

The sofa was originally discarded by someone in the nearby flats. I understand that it was then claimed by other residents in the flats who took it up to their flat, only to find that it was by now infested with ants so they carried it back down again. Whether it was them who dumped it in the park or whether it was then carried there by other individuals (which I suspect is more likely) I do not know. The park however is always a mess. Every day there is litter dumped all round the park, mostly Dominoes pizza boxes and Subway wrappers and all sorts of other food wrapping, I suspect left by Borlase students at lunchtime but in their defence, the bins in the park are always overflowing too. Surely with this being the case, it would make sense to empty the bins more often. I regularly pick up the rubbish as I walk round the park for the benefit of all users as it is a shame for it to be ruined by a thoughtless few but it would be nice if other park users picked up the rubbish too, both their own and other peoples.
The sofa was originally discarded by someone in the nearby flats. I understand that it was then claimed by other residents in the flats who took it up to their flat, only to find that it was by now infested with ants so they carried it back down again. Whether it was them who dumped it in the park or whether it was then carried there by other individuals (which I suspect is more likely) I do not know. The park however is always a mess. Every day there is litter dumped all round the park, mostly Dominoes pizza boxes and Subway wrappers and all sorts of other food wrapping, I suspect left by Borlase students at lunchtime but in their defence, the bins in the park are always overflowing too. Surely with this being the case, it would make sense to empty the bins more often. I regularly pick up the rubbish as I walk round the park for the benefit of all users as it is a shame for it to be ruined by a thoughtless few but it would be nice if other park users picked up the rubbish too, both their own and other peoples. T.C.
  • Score: 2

2:10pm Wed 11 Jun 14

jayeatman says...

T.C. wrote:
The sofa was originally discarded by someone in the nearby flats. I understand that it was then claimed by other residents in the flats who took it up to their flat, only to find that it was by now infested with ants so they carried it back down again. Whether it was them who dumped it in the park or whether it was then carried there by other individuals (which I suspect is more likely) I do not know. The park however is always a mess. Every day there is litter dumped all round the park, mostly Dominoes pizza boxes and Subway wrappers and all sorts of other food wrapping, I suspect left by Borlase students at lunchtime but in their defence, the bins in the park are always overflowing too. Surely with this being the case, it would make sense to empty the bins more often. I regularly pick up the rubbish as I walk round the park for the benefit of all users as it is a shame for it to be ruined by a thoughtless few but it would be nice if other park users picked up the rubbish too, both their own and other peoples.
I actually wrote to the trust last year suggesting bigger bins and recycling bins. I got a very polite reply basically saying they couldn't afford to do anything themselves and the Town council won't help.
[quote][p][bold]T.C.[/bold] wrote: The sofa was originally discarded by someone in the nearby flats. I understand that it was then claimed by other residents in the flats who took it up to their flat, only to find that it was by now infested with ants so they carried it back down again. Whether it was them who dumped it in the park or whether it was then carried there by other individuals (which I suspect is more likely) I do not know. The park however is always a mess. Every day there is litter dumped all round the park, mostly Dominoes pizza boxes and Subway wrappers and all sorts of other food wrapping, I suspect left by Borlase students at lunchtime but in their defence, the bins in the park are always overflowing too. Surely with this being the case, it would make sense to empty the bins more often. I regularly pick up the rubbish as I walk round the park for the benefit of all users as it is a shame for it to be ruined by a thoughtless few but it would be nice if other park users picked up the rubbish too, both their own and other peoples.[/p][/quote]I actually wrote to the trust last year suggesting bigger bins and recycling bins. I got a very polite reply basically saying they couldn't afford to do anything themselves and the Town council won't help. jayeatman
  • Score: 3

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