Resident calls for more attention to be paid to northside parks after Bell’s Field is again blighted by litter

Resident calls for more attention to be paid to northside parks after Bell’s Field is again blighted by litter
Bins overflowing at Bell's Field. Picture was taken after five bags of rubbish were removed by a local resident.

A resident living near Bell’s Field has called on Cork City Council to pay more attention to amenities on the northside after rubbish was allowed to accumulate at the popular scenic spot over the weekend. 

Speaking to The Echo, the resident who wished to remain unnamed, said he collected five bags of rubbish on Saturday and Sunday morning. 

Bottles, cans, pizza boxes and other rubbish were left overflowing near the two bins at Bell's Field.

"It was very bad at the weekend. It’s been that way on and off for a long time and it's a real shame because it's a fabulous place. 

Bins overflowing at Bell's Field. Picture was taken after five bags of rubbish were removed by a local resident.
Bins overflowing at Bell's Field. Picture was taken after five bags of rubbish were removed by a local resident.

"Sunday morning I got really mad and decided to go to the southside and see what a few of the parks looked like," the resident told The Echo

"I went down to The Lough, where there are about ten bins – all of them were totally empty. 

"Nothing was overflowing, the whole place was spotless. 

"Then I went out to Ballyphehane Park near Tory Top Road, again there are about three or four bins there. They were all empty. 

"Finally, I went to Shalom Park behind Albert Road. 

"Again, there are about three or four bins there. It was spotless – nothing out of place. 

"I’m presuming that the City Council empty the bins at these places at weekends but they don’t empty the bins at Bell’s Field. 

The Lough pictured on Sunday.
The Lough pictured on Sunday.

"They do Monday to Friday but not on a Saturday or Sunday. 

"It’s a disgrace because, on a nice day, I’d say Bell’s Field draws twice the crowd that The Lough would," the resident continued. 

"The southside is being looked after and the northside isn’t," said the resident, who added that he felt the problem could be alleviated if the bins at Bell's Field were emptied at the weekend.

Shalom Park pictured on Sunday.
Shalom Park pictured on Sunday.

Bell’s Field, located at the top of Patrick’s Hill is one of the most iconic places in the city. 

The site has previously featured in The Young Offenders movie and television show and is typically frequented by tourists, who flock to the spot for its spectacular views of the city.

In a statement regarding the littering, Stephen Scully of Cork City Council's Recreation and Amenity Department said:

"Bell’s Field is litter picked and bins emptied every day by our Parks crew Monday to Friday. 

"There is a problem with people dumping domestic rubbish at Bell’s Field, compounded this weekend by people enjoying the space during the good weather, but choosing to litter the place rather than take their rubbish home. 

"This is frustrating for both local residents and for the Council team who maintain the area.

"The bins in major parks across the City, regardless of location, are emptied at weekends."

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