Alnwick’s ‘warriors against wanton waste’ speak out

Trish Jones and Gillian Parker who are concerned about dog mess bags arount the Tenantry Column in Alnwick.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Trish Jones and Gillian Parker who are concerned about dog mess bags arount the Tenantry Column in Alnwick.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Two members of a prominent Alnwick society have spoken of their anger over ‘intentional vandalism’.

Gill Parker and Trish Jones, of Alnwick Civic Society, were given the keys to maintain the town’s Tenantry Column back in 2014 and since then they have been shocked by the amount of rubbish that is thrown in the area.

Dubbed the ‘warriors against wanton waste’, Gill and Trish take turns each week to clean the column in Alnwick but have now felt the need to speak out.

Gill, who cleans the area for free, said the situation is ‘getting really bad again’.

She said people have been throwing bags of dog poo over the railings into the enclosure for the last few weeks.

“People don’t realise you can put poo bags in ordinary bins” she said.

Alnwick in Bloom chairman Elizabeth Jones said the most ‘infuriating element’ of the litter was that “it is not even a result of carelessness and abandonment but intensional vandalism.”

She added: “It takes real effort to lob those filled doggy bags, bottles and empty cartons over the railings.”

The Civic Society has added to Alnwick in Bloom’s plea to dispose of dog poo in the bins provided at the column.

Last spring, Alnwick in Bloom and Alnwick Civic Society set up Friends of Column Field to allow regular cleaning of the area. This was when Gill and Trish stepped forward.

The group has managed to tackle the issue in the area for many months but Gill said that the situation got worse over January.

“The column seems to be a bin for the public to use. The issue has been there for years.”

The society also flagged up a wider dog poo problem across the town, including around the police station area, and demanded action to tackle the issue.