I have just returned from a walk with my dog around Bradlaugh Fields in Northampton, and was saddened and disappointed to see the state of the place.
The Hills and Hollows are meant to be a nature reserve, reflecting Nature’s reclamation of the old limestone works. Unfortunately, now that all the snow has melted, the place simply looked like a tip, with loads of litter and bits of smashed sledges everywhere.
I did collect more than five bin-bags full of rubbish to make the place look a litle bit more respectable, but it was a soul-destroying task to have to do that. I certainly don’t wish to sound like a killjoy, but would it be too much to ask those that use Bradlaugh Fields for recreational purposes not to leave all their rubbish behind for someone else to clear up? And can I thank Northampton Borough Council and their minions Enterprise for doing absolutely nothing to actually clear it all up. Can I also add that a lot of the litter clearly came from certain local supermarkets, and I simply wonder whether they could consider their responsibilities in contributing to the upkeep of the area, as well. There were plenty of carrier bags lying around, all displaying where they came from in shades of blue, green and yellow, and several festooning the trees - I believe these are referred to as “witch’s knickers”. Surely there may be some very good publicity for the supermarkets to ensure the area is kept free of litter, especially their own? I live in hope, if not expectation!
It is a privilege to have a place like Bradlaugh Fields in the town, with plenty of open space to walk your dog, enjoy nature, and get away from the bustle of urban life. What a pity then that there are some people who neither respect nor value what we have, and even more of a shame that we seem to have a local authority that appears quite content to allow it to fall into a state of neglect and squalor. Having saved Bradlaugh Fields from the developers, it would be criminal if it fell into decay due to civic indifference. Perhaps the Council can therefore start showing a little more concern for the preservation of the place than it has done recently.
N P Tweddle,