Desperate plea for thoughtless canal litter louts
Monday 30th October 2017 @ 09:26 by Adam Higgins
Ashton News

Five supermarket trolleys, a bike and even a pallet truck are among the latest nuisance items hauled from Ashton Canal at just one spot.

The haul was removed from an area near the Asda supermarket.

Now, volunteer members of the Tameside Canal Boat Trust, based at Portland Basin, are appealing to those who push such items into the water to think twice about the consequences of their actions.

Trust chairman Mark Nield said: “Year after year we seem to have the same old problems with narrow boats hitting Asda/Morrisons trolleys in the Ashton Canal.

“Some of the trolleys have been under water for years, and are rusty, squashed and full of silt, while some are shiny brand new.

“We only find the old rusty ones by accident with the grappling hook whilst fishing out the shiny ones that can still be seen glistening under the water.”

He added: “Most of the time they just get run over and squashed by the weight of a boat, but other times they can end up caught on a boat’s tiller or worse still catch  the propeller causing hundreds if not thousands of pounds worth of damage.”

Mark said volunteers at the trust had spent the other day pulling the five supermarket trolleys and pallet truck out of the canal.

But he said volunteers had spent a week together with The Canal and River Trust this year cleaning up the Ashton and Peak forest canals in Ashton – and now they were pulling more debris up again.

“We operate boat trips along this stretch of canal for the public and schools from Portland Basin, and we feel so upset that people are dumping this sort of thing in the canal,” Mark said.

“The canals are our history, and our heritage, not a rubbish dump.”

Water disgrace: Some of the items pulled from the canal