A community campaigner says he’s at the end of his tether over trying to get drug paraphernalia and dumped rubbish removed from woodland in Coley.
Ian Williams, of Access2Holybrook, says the area has a major issue with both drug users and fly-tippers.
The group is working to improve the green area between the Holy Brook and the IDR, but is facing a tough task due to the amount of rubbish.
He said he has contacted his local councillors and Reading Borough Council trying to get the area tidied up but has had no luck.
He told BerkshireLive the area could become a beauty spot but at the moment it is being ruined by the amount of rubbish there.
He says he has found discarded needles, tents, clothing and even an old bicycle has been dumped in the woodland.
He said: “There is quite a lot of anti-social behaviour around where we are.
“All this rubbish has been here for at least a year and I’m finding it very difficult to get any interest from the council in clearing it up.
“The land by the Holy Brook could be a really nice green area, but it’s full of rubbish and old tents.
“I fear it makes it a place no one wants to come.
“We really want to come with some ideas to improve it but no-one wants to remove all this rubbish that’s here.
“It’s really bad.
“It’s having a real impact on the area and I just want to get something done.”
A council spokesman said: “The council is aware of ongoing problems with fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour in the area of the Holy Brook near Brook Street West and has been working to tackle these issues.
“The clearance of fly-tipping and litter in this area is being carried out by the council’s Streetcare team who are also removing any abandoned tents.
“We are also looking at ways the site might be better protected from further unauthorised encampments.
“The council’s homelessness support service engages with anybody found sleeping rough in the borough to offer support and treatment where required.
“Syringes found on public land should be reported to the council and they will be collected as quickly as possible.”
Fly-tipping and graffiti and more can be reported to the council via its Love Clean Reading app.
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