Teacher's anger after syringes and broken bottles found in Pill Park, Newport

UPSET: Kamal Ali, centre, with Paul Murphy and Wendy Wall at Pill Park with bottles and cans they have found in the park

DANGEROUS: Some of the needles found at Pill Park

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A NEWPORT teacher is campaigning to get Pill Park renovated so his son can visit it “without fear of injury”.

Kamal Ali, 32, of Pill, said he has been left devastated after seeing his local park become run down with poor facilities, smashed glass, and even discarded mephedrone bottles and syringes.

A resident of Pill since he was eight-years-old, he first noticed the problem when his car broke down and he had to walk his two-year-old son Hamzah, through the park.

Having previously volunteered with Communities First, Mr Ali felt compelled to act and decided to appeal to the council to renovate the park.

“When issues come up like this you can’t not do something,” he said.

“A lot of residents in Pill will walk down the pathway to get to Pill Primary School as it’s a shortcut.

“During the winter months that pathway will get flooded, a problem which has been there since I was a little boy.

“I’m fortunate to have a car; a lot of Pill residents don’t have the privilege and have to walk through the park.”

Over the last few weeks, the teacher at Wydean High School and Sixth Form College, along with other residents Paul Murphy and Wendy Hall, has had correspondence Newport City Council. He said while they had addressed some of his problems they have not provided what he believes to be a ‘solution’.

“The park is very large but the facilities within it are ridiculous,” he added.

“There are two swings and one of them is broken.

“When I walked through the park I noticed two big bottles of whiskey in the bins in the playground and at least 200 cigarette ends.

“There’s tiny bits of glass everywhere and if children tripped it would cut them.

“I just can’t imagine that happening anywhere else. If I went to Tredegar Park it would be cleaned up within a day.

“I raised my concerns and the bins were cleaned out.

“People are obviously doing drugs there too as I put some photos on Facebook and I had lots of people saying they have found needles there too.

“It is quite upsetting to see the park like this.”

In response to Mr Ali’s concerns a spokeswoman from Newport City Council said: “Newport City Council is responsible for the maintenance and cleansing of 63 parks and more than 590 hectares of land.

“The council appreciates and shares the frustration of residents that when visiting a park for recreational activities they are on occasions greeted by rubbish.

“This is unacceptable especially when that litter causes a danger.

“The council would ask residents to play their part and to dispose of their litter in a safe manner.

“If residents do experience litter problems in any area of the city this can be reported through the city contact centre on 01633 656656 or 24 hours a day via the council’s website.”

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6:57am Thu 10 Jul 14

inkyskin says...

it's disgusting the way this park is being left to rot, NCC don't care about kids at all, wouldn't be surprised if their response is to rip the entire park out now as that's what they've been doing everywhere.
NCC claimed that the bins are not their responsibility to empty ( stated on their facebook page ) how stupid is that! it's a public waste-bin!.
Childrens pay areas are being pulled down left, right and centre with pathetic excuses as to why.
it's disgusting the way this park is being left to rot, NCC don't care about kids at all, wouldn't be surprised if their response is to rip the entire park out now as that's what they've been doing everywhere. NCC claimed that the bins are not their responsibility to empty ( stated on their facebook page ) how stupid is that! it's a public waste-bin!. Childrens pay areas are being pulled down left, right and centre with pathetic excuses as to why. inkyskin
  • Score: 19

7:38am Thu 10 Jul 14

displayed says...

The park is an area which is unfenced and therefore can be accessed day or nite.
It is therefore impossible for it to be monitored 24 /7, the fact is the drug population and drinkers problems are growing in Newport.
By bringing in dispersal orders round the town centre just moves the problem on to other areas.
Since the children's slide has been removed, the area is just heading for a slippery slide into decay and despair for the people who use it for good and for nefarious means...............
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The park is an area which is unfenced and therefore can be accessed day or nite. It is therefore impossible for it to be monitored 24 /7, the fact is the drug population and drinkers problems are growing in Newport. By bringing in dispersal orders round the town centre just moves the problem on to other areas. Since the children's slide has been removed, the area is just heading for a slippery slide into decay and despair for the people who use it for good and for nefarious means............... ...... displayed
  • Score: 9

8:37am Thu 10 Jul 14

bodlondon says...

My personal opinion is that NCC have their eyes on the land for residential development - one of the local councillors is putting effort into attempting to get NCC to do something proactive and take care of the civic amenity, the other is noticable by his (long standing) absence

Good on Kamal & Paul and the others for getting involved and agitating for change - Pill has been ignored and neglected by NCC for far too long. As one of the oldest communities in the city it deserves more attention - especially given the levels of deprivation & poverty that exist there
My personal opinion is that NCC have their eyes on the land for residential development - one of the local councillors is putting effort into attempting to get NCC to do something proactive and take care of the civic amenity, the other is noticable by his (long standing) absence Good on Kamal & Paul and the others for getting involved and agitating for change - Pill has been ignored and neglected by NCC for far too long. As one of the oldest communities in the city it deserves more attention - especially given the levels of deprivation & poverty that exist there bodlondon
  • Score: 15

8:53am Thu 10 Jul 14

landyman3030 says...

People need to moan to the Council and the pcso on a regular, daily basis about the ongoing ASB in the area. Get everybody who wants it tidied up to ring. If somebody moans about the state of somewhere, ask them if they have reported it. If not, why not? Personal experience proved to me that if you make the issue a big enough headache for the councillors, wardens, streetscene and pcso they will have to do something about the area. Don't be put off by streetscene ignoring your requests for a call back. Keep on leaving reports with the call centre. Report dog fouling, litter, needles, alcohol, everything. If there are needles present ring streetscene hourly, ring police central, ring your councillors, ring your MP office, ring the Argus. The won't like it but they will do something eventually.
People need to moan to the Council and the pcso on a regular, daily basis about the ongoing ASB in the area. Get everybody who wants it tidied up to ring. If somebody moans about the state of somewhere, ask them if they have reported it. If not, why not? Personal experience proved to me that if you make the issue a big enough headache for the councillors, wardens, streetscene and pcso they will have to do something about the area. Don't be put off by streetscene ignoring your requests for a call back. Keep on leaving reports with the call centre. Report dog fouling, litter, needles, alcohol, everything. If there are needles present ring streetscene hourly, ring police central, ring your councillors, ring your MP office, ring the Argus. The won't like it but they will do something eventually. landyman3030
  • Score: 22

10:01am Thu 10 Jul 14

kamalali says...

Hi Everyone,

I have raised issues people of PILL have been talking about and taking action towards for years! And nothing has been done. It is so easy for Newport City Council to Say “The council would ask residents to play their part and to dispose of their litter in a safe manner".

THIS IS NOT THE ISSUE! is it the responsibility of the residents to empty the bins?

Is it the responsibility of the residents to make sure there not people doing drugs in the park, or injecting themselves and then is it the responsibility of the residents to make sure those needles are removed?

is it the responsibility of the residents to make sure the pathway does not flood?

responsibility of the residents to make sure there is not glass all over the park? and even when i have and others too have raised the issue, the broken glass is STILL THERE PEOPLE!!!

Is it the responsibility of the residents to fix the broken swing?

NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL PLEASE JUST STOP MAKING EXCUSES! WE WILL NOT FALL FOR YOUR - "it the responsibility of the residents".

IT IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE RESIDENTS BUT IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE COUNCIL TO PROVIDE SMALL CHILDREN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT TO PLAY IN!!!!


I HAVE A LETTER FROM THE COUNCIL - AND MY REPLY, I WILL POST THIS LATER.
Hi Everyone, I have raised issues people of PILL have been talking about and taking action towards for years! And nothing has been done. It is so easy for Newport City Council to Say “The council would ask residents to play their part and to dispose of their litter in a safe manner". THIS IS NOT THE ISSUE! is it the responsibility of the residents to empty the bins? Is it the responsibility of the residents to make sure there not people doing drugs in the park, or injecting themselves and then is it the responsibility of the residents to make sure those needles are removed? is it the responsibility of the residents to make sure the pathway does not flood? responsibility of the residents to make sure there is not glass all over the park? and even when i have and others too have raised the issue, the broken glass is STILL THERE PEOPLE!!! Is it the responsibility of the residents to fix the broken swing? NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL PLEASE JUST STOP MAKING EXCUSES! WE WILL NOT FALL FOR YOUR - "it the responsibility of the residents". IT IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE RESIDENTS BUT IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE COUNCIL TO PROVIDE SMALL CHILDREN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT TO PLAY IN!!!! I HAVE A LETTER FROM THE COUNCIL - AND MY REPLY, I WILL POST THIS LATER. kamalali
  • Score: 28

10:37am Thu 10 Jul 14

bodlondon says...

Love the passion and commitment Kamal - hope you get the support from local people too
I can see that Councillor Ali is getting stuck in and supporting people like yourself who want to make positive change happen, but where is the other Pill councillor?
Love the passion and commitment Kamal - hope you get the support from local people too I can see that Councillor Ali is getting stuck in and supporting people like yourself who want to make positive change happen, but where is the other Pill councillor? bodlondon
  • Score: 10

12:09pm Thu 10 Jul 14

newportresident882 says...

I am proud to live in the Pill community and reside very close to this park and think what a lot of readers are forgetting is that the vast majority of the litter, mess and mayhem caused in this park and the wider area is due to residents within the Pill community.

I have constantly have litter discarded in my front garden and have also found used syringes also.

The sad fact is that a lot of resident simply have no pride in the area they live. The Pill Millenium Centre is prime example of this.

I have witnessed children as young as five drop litter on the floor and cause damage to fencing and the facilities with this park - where do they get this behaviour from?

I admire hugely what Mr Ali and his supporters are trying to achieve but fear that NCC will thinking why clean this area up when within weeks it will be in exactly the state as now?

I think the residents of Pill need to take action and responsibility for themselves and not just blame NCC with the view that it is the Councils responsibility to clean up their mess.
I am proud to live in the Pill community and reside very close to this park and think what a lot of readers are forgetting is that the vast majority of the litter, mess and mayhem caused in this park and the wider area is due to residents within the Pill community. I have constantly have litter discarded in my front garden and have also found used syringes also. The sad fact is that a lot of resident simply have no pride in the area they live. The Pill Millenium Centre is prime example of this. I have witnessed children as young as five drop litter on the floor and cause damage to fencing and the facilities with this park - where do they get this behaviour from? I admire hugely what Mr Ali and his supporters are trying to achieve but fear that NCC will thinking why clean this area up when within weeks it will be in exactly the state as now? I think the residents of Pill need to take action and responsibility for themselves and not just blame NCC with the view that it is the Councils responsibility to clean up their mess. newportresident882
  • Score: 15

1:11pm Thu 10 Jul 14

davidcp says...

kamalali wrote:
Hi Everyone,

I have raised issues people of PILL have been talking about and taking action towards for years! And nothing has been done. It is so easy for Newport City Council to Say “The council would ask residents to play their part and to dispose of their litter in a safe manner".

THIS IS NOT THE ISSUE! is it the responsibility of the residents to empty the bins?

Is it the responsibility of the residents to make sure there not people doing drugs in the park, or injecting themselves and then is it the responsibility of the residents to make sure those needles are removed?

is it the responsibility of the residents to make sure the pathway does not flood?

responsibility of the residents to make sure there is not glass all over the park? and even when i have and others too have raised the issue, the broken glass is STILL THERE PEOPLE!!!

Is it the responsibility of the residents to fix the broken swing?

NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL PLEASE JUST STOP MAKING EXCUSES! WE WILL NOT FALL FOR YOUR - "it the responsibility of the residents".

IT IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE RESIDENTS BUT IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE COUNCIL TO PROVIDE SMALL CHILDREN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT TO PLAY IN!!!!


I HAVE A LETTER FROM THE COUNCIL - AND MY REPLY, I WILL POST THIS LATER.
Isn't it the 'residents' - not all, but some - who've caused most of these problems?
Sometimes by NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT LIKE SOCIETY USED TO?
[quote][p][bold]kamalali[/bold] wrote: Hi Everyone, I have raised issues people of PILL have been talking about and taking action towards for years! And nothing has been done. It is so easy for Newport City Council to Say “The council would ask residents to play their part and to dispose of their litter in a safe manner". THIS IS NOT THE ISSUE! is it the responsibility of the residents to empty the bins? Is it the responsibility of the residents to make sure there not people doing drugs in the park, or injecting themselves and then is it the responsibility of the residents to make sure those needles are removed? is it the responsibility of the residents to make sure the pathway does not flood? responsibility of the residents to make sure there is not glass all over the park? and even when i have and others too have raised the issue, the broken glass is STILL THERE PEOPLE!!! Is it the responsibility of the residents to fix the broken swing? NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL PLEASE JUST STOP MAKING EXCUSES! WE WILL NOT FALL FOR YOUR - "it the responsibility of the residents". IT IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE RESIDENTS BUT IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE COUNCIL TO PROVIDE SMALL CHILDREN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT TO PLAY IN!!!! I HAVE A LETTER FROM THE COUNCIL - AND MY REPLY, I WILL POST THIS LATER.[/p][/quote]Isn't it the 'residents' - not all, but some - who've caused most of these problems? Sometimes by NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT LIKE SOCIETY USED TO? davidcp
  • Score: 7

9:05pm Thu 10 Jul 14

nptboi says...

This problem exists all over Newport, not just children's play areas, and NCC do nothing about it as usual, just like someone else said in an earlier comment " if this were Tredegar Park or even Beechwood Park then it would be dealt with straight away. My advice people is to vote with your feet in the local elections, and for the residents of Newport City get off your backsides and do something about the idiots who have no brain cells between them to go drinking and injecting drugs in children's play areas. and if you do come across someone collapsed due to drug taking DO NOT phone an ambulance just walk on, our hospital is far too busy to be dealing with the scum who take drugs.
This problem exists all over Newport, not just children's play areas, and NCC do nothing about it as usual, just like someone else said in an earlier comment " if this were Tredegar Park or even Beechwood Park then it would be dealt with straight away. My advice people is to vote with your feet in the local elections, and for the residents of Newport City get off your backsides and do something about the idiots who have no brain cells between them to go drinking and injecting drugs in children's play areas. and if you do come across someone collapsed due to drug taking DO NOT phone an ambulance just walk on, our hospital is far too busy to be dealing with the scum who take drugs. nptboi
  • Score: 9

2:38pm Fri 11 Jul 14

artsfan says...

nptboi wrote:
This problem exists all over Newport, not just children's play areas, and NCC do nothing about it as usual, just like someone else said in an earlier comment " if this were Tredegar Park or even Beechwood Park then it would be dealt with straight away. My advice people is to vote with your feet in the local elections, and for the residents of Newport City get off your backsides and do something about the idiots who have no brain cells between them to go drinking and injecting drugs in children's play areas. and if you do come across someone collapsed due to drug taking DO NOT phone an ambulance just walk on, our hospital is far too busy to be dealing with the scum who take drugs.
There was a new play area at the bottom of Beechwood Park a couple of years ago with a zipwire in it. The council removed the zipwire because of residents complaints that it encouraged teenagers in the park (I guess they'd prefer our teens to sit at home on their playstations?). That was a fine waste of money!

nptboi, about not calling an ambulance, that would be akin to murder. You're judging people who you have absolutely no idea about. Various factors can lead to various addictions. You are not God and it's not up to you or any other human being to decide who should live and who should die. Perhaps your attitude would change if it was your brother, sister, son or daughter lying dying on the floor. Talk about calling the addicts scum...
[quote][p][bold]nptboi[/bold] wrote: This problem exists all over Newport, not just children's play areas, and NCC do nothing about it as usual, just like someone else said in an earlier comment " if this were Tredegar Park or even Beechwood Park then it would be dealt with straight away. My advice people is to vote with your feet in the local elections, and for the residents of Newport City get off your backsides and do something about the idiots who have no brain cells between them to go drinking and injecting drugs in children's play areas. and if you do come across someone collapsed due to drug taking DO NOT phone an ambulance just walk on, our hospital is far too busy to be dealing with the scum who take drugs.[/p][/quote]There was a new play area at the bottom of Beechwood Park a couple of years ago with a zipwire in it. The council removed the zipwire because of residents complaints that it encouraged teenagers in the park (I guess they'd prefer our teens to sit at home on their playstations?). That was a fine waste of money! nptboi, about not calling an ambulance, that would be akin to murder. You're judging people who you have absolutely no idea about. Various factors can lead to various addictions. You are not God and it's not up to you or any other human being to decide who should live and who should die. Perhaps your attitude would change if it was your brother, sister, son or daughter lying dying on the floor. Talk about calling the addicts scum... artsfan
  • Score: -2

7:23pm Fri 11 Jul 14

landyman3030 says...

artsfan wrote:
nptboi wrote:
This problem exists all over Newport, not just children's play areas, and NCC do nothing about it as usual, just like someone else said in an earlier comment " if this were Tredegar Park or even Beechwood Park then it would be dealt with straight away. My advice people is to vote with your feet in the local elections, and for the residents of Newport City get off your backsides and do something about the idiots who have no brain cells between them to go drinking and injecting drugs in children's play areas. and if you do come across someone collapsed due to drug taking DO NOT phone an ambulance just walk on, our hospital is far too busy to be dealing with the scum who take drugs.
There was a new play area at the bottom of Beechwood Park a couple of years ago with a zipwire in it. The council removed the zipwire because of residents complaints that it encouraged teenagers in the park (I guess they'd prefer our teens to sit at home on their playstations?). That was a fine waste of money!

nptboi, about not calling an ambulance, that would be akin to murder. You're judging people who you have absolutely no idea about. Various factors can lead to various addictions. You are not God and it's not up to you or any other human being to decide who should live and who should die. Perhaps your attitude would change if it was your brother, sister, son or daughter lying dying on the floor. Talk about calling the addicts scum...
Incorrect about the zip wire issue. The residents main complaint was the continuous crash and bang as the zip slide hit the brake pad. This was continuing on well after dark when the park is supposed to be secure and shut. The council maybe should have thought the position of the zip slide through first. If it had been positioned adjacent the top play area out of sight and sound of residents it wouldn't have been a problem. So your guess about residents preferences towards preferred youth activities is incorrectly assumed. You then have a go about judging people you know nothing about. Anybody ever mention the words pot and kettle to you before I wonder?
[quote][p][bold]artsfan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nptboi[/bold] wrote: This problem exists all over Newport, not just children's play areas, and NCC do nothing about it as usual, just like someone else said in an earlier comment " if this were Tredegar Park or even Beechwood Park then it would be dealt with straight away. My advice people is to vote with your feet in the local elections, and for the residents of Newport City get off your backsides and do something about the idiots who have no brain cells between them to go drinking and injecting drugs in children's play areas. and if you do come across someone collapsed due to drug taking DO NOT phone an ambulance just walk on, our hospital is far too busy to be dealing with the scum who take drugs.[/p][/quote]There was a new play area at the bottom of Beechwood Park a couple of years ago with a zipwire in it. The council removed the zipwire because of residents complaints that it encouraged teenagers in the park (I guess they'd prefer our teens to sit at home on their playstations?). That was a fine waste of money! nptboi, about not calling an ambulance, that would be akin to murder. You're judging people who you have absolutely no idea about. Various factors can lead to various addictions. You are not God and it's not up to you or any other human being to decide who should live and who should die. Perhaps your attitude would change if it was your brother, sister, son or daughter lying dying on the floor. Talk about calling the addicts scum...[/p][/quote]Incorrect about the zip wire issue. The residents main complaint was the continuous crash and bang as the zip slide hit the brake pad. This was continuing on well after dark when the park is supposed to be secure and shut. The council maybe should have thought the position of the zip slide through first. If it had been positioned adjacent the top play area out of sight and sound of residents it wouldn't have been a problem. So your guess about residents preferences towards preferred youth activities is incorrectly assumed. You then have a go about judging people you know nothing about. Anybody ever mention the words pot and kettle to you before I wonder? landyman3030
  • Score: 1

12:54pm Sun 13 Jul 14

kamalali says...

Lets try to make a difference.....

http://www.ipetition
s.com/petition/clean
-pill-park-newport-c
ity-council
Lets try to make a difference..... http://www.ipetition s.com/petition/clean -pill-park-newport-c ity-council kamalali
  • Score: 0

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