Council will act on river rubbish

Rubbish in the River Ryton adjacent to the Chesterfield Canal near Retford Road, Worksop
Rubbish in the River Ryton adjacent to the Chesterfield Canal near Retford Road, Worksop
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Bassetlaw Council has pledged to investigate the source of a raft of rubbish found clogging up the River Ryton.

Dog walker and countryside lover Ian Hartland got in touch with the Guardian to tell us about the problem, which blights his daily morning stroll.

Litter is strewn along the stretch of river between High Hoe Road and The Arches, where the Ryton runs parallel to the Chesterfield Canal and adjacent to Retford Road.

All sorts of debris can be spotted in the water, stuck against fallen trees and hanging from branches, including plastic sheeting, rubber tyres, and even bin bags full of rubbish.

A Bassetlaw District Council spokesman said: “The Council’s parks and open spaces team regularly clear the shallow sections and banks of the River Ryton of litter, where it is safe to do so, as part of their duties within The Canch and Memorial Gardens.”

“In addition, the fields located between Priorswell Road and Bracebridge are regularly maintained and cleared, which should prevent some litter finding its way into the river system.”

“This is an issue we will be looking at, but we would also urge all members of the public to dispose of litter responsibly to prevent situations like this occurring.”