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Anger at Sneinton park spoilt by ‘human faeces and urine’ near to children’s playground

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Parents have told of their anger from a Nottingham park spoilt by ‘human faeces and the smell of urine’. They voiced their fury and called for action to be taken over claims that the Green’s Mill Park on Windmill Lane in Sneinton is being used as a “public toilet”.

One concerned dad said he had the unpleasant experience of stepping on human excrement while out running with his children. Nathan Mason, a labourer living in St Ann’s, said: “I have stepped in human faeces once. I thought it was a dog at first, but the human excrement has a distinctive smell. It was not a nice experience.”

The 37-year-old said he enjoys the park and added that it has a “nice scenery”. However, he thinks that finding human excrement in a park which also has a children’s playground is “completely unacceptable”.

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He went on and said: “It is such a shame. It is not nice to come here when there is a smell of urine and you can step in human faeces. No one wants that. There is a children’s playground here too. It spoils it. Children are running through the bushes, playing, it is quite dangerous because of the bacteria as well.”

Elise Jones, who was enjoying the sunlight in the park, added: “It is so gross. I used to come here often a long long time ago and I stopped because there were people drinking in this park. It has always been bad but I thought it got better.”

The 28-year-old said was reading a book on the top of the hill and said: “At the lower part of the park I always see people drinking and smoking weed. It just puts people off from coming here, especially when they have children. It is disgusting.”

Laura Assack, a worried mum who lives in Sneinton, added: “It is very unsafe. This park is a bit dodgy anyway. My child likes to come here but I am a bit like ‘pick your days'”.

The 35-year-old bar supervisor said she used to come to the park often during lockdown. She added: “But I would always leave if it was too crowded. It is not very delightful to see people drinking near a playground.”

Councillor David Mellen, Leader of Nottingham City Council and ward councillor for Dales, addressed his constituents’ concerns, adding: “Obviously, doing that in the park is completely unacceptable. It is a place where children and families and all members of the community enjoy the museum and its surroundings.”

He also said that he will take action following people’s concerns. “We are currently investing some money into improving the facilities by mending the slide, because there was some structural damage with that. So we have invested in that park, and people spend a lot of time there, and it is totally unacceptable”, he added. “I will be talking to the protection officers to see whether they can increase their patrols in that area because it is against the law and it is completely antisocial.”



A view of the entrance to the children's playground.
A view of the entrance to the children’s playground.

Cllr Mellen also went on to address the claims about people using alcohol and other substances in the park. He said: “The police are regularly taking action against drug dealing in the area. They have a good record for using intelligence based policing to break up drug dealing. They will keep doing that and encourage members of the public if they know information about wrong use of drugs then they should inform the force.

“Obviously drinking alcohol in the park is not allowed. It is against the public protection order. People behave differently when they are drinking alcohol. It is the right of protection officers to seize the alcohol if they suspect that but obviously they cannot be everywhere at once.”

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