Litterbugs leave field in a mess

Nicholas Friedlander pictured with the rubbish that was dumped on Bulverhythe playing fields
Nicholas Friedlander pictured with the rubbish that was dumped on Bulverhythe playing fields

AN angry resident has criticised organisers of a football tournament after leaving Bulverhythe field in St Leonards full of rubbish.

Nick Friedlander, of The Ridge, branded the state of the field an ‘absolute disgrace’ when he saw it last Tuesday (May 7).

He said: “It looked like someone had taken a dumping truck and discarded the rubbish all over the field. Anyone coming into Hastings would think it was a tip if they saw this.”

The football tournament was organised by SCI Football Festivals over the bank holiday weekend.

Paul Broadhead, one of the organisers of the tournament, said: “We hire the pitches off the council, paying in excess of £1,000 and the council supplies extra bins. Our guys and the council’s litter pickers were collecting rubbish off the field on Saturday and Sunday.”

CouncillorJay Kramer, the council’s lead member for environment and safety, said: “The bank holiday weekend was one of the busiest weekends of the year for Hastings. All events including the football tournament at Bulverhythe were very well-attended which in turn generated more than expected rubbish on the day.”

She added that the council’s litter pickers were out all day in town and on the West Hill on Monday picking up discarded waste which meant they were unable to get to Bulverhythe to clear the ground there.

Cllr Kramer said: “Six extra bins were put in place for the tournament. Our litter pickers were out to clear the site as soon as possible and adjustments to waste provision will be made for future events.”