Brookdale residents fed up with garbage left behind after annual fishing derby
BROOKDALE - Brenda Clarke is growing tired of the same mess year after year.
The Pumping Station Road resident is concerned with the amount of garbage left behind every year after the town's annual fishing derby and the rowdy parties teens seem to hold long into the night.
"It just seems as though it's getting worse and worse every year," Clarke said.
"It's extremely frustrating."
Along with garbage, there's broken glass, liquor bottles, charred wood and clothing. The derby also brings traffic speeding along the rural road and parking problems.
Although concerned, she doesn't want the town to do anything drastic, like cancel the derby. She's hoping it will take steps to clean up the property afterwards and is calling on police to increase patrols on the night of the event to keep teens from causing havoc.
"The derby is a good thing. It's for the little kids and it brings families out the park," she said. "We're just hoping they will do something about the garbage that's left behind and stop the kids from partying all night."
Clarke has sent a letter to Cumberland County Warden Keith Hunter asking if there's anything he can do. She's also writing to the Cumberland RCMP and the Amherst Police.
She's also hoping to talk to officials with the town asking for assistance, and wants the Department of Natural Resources to come in after the derby to see if there are people fishing without a licence.
"We're not trying to cause problems, we just want them to do something to help us," Clarke said. "At one time, the town used to come in after the derby and clean it up, but they haven't been doing that in recent years. They used to have washrooms down there and there were no parking signs. Those years were fine."
Amherst town manager Greg Herrett is not aware of Clarke's concern, but welcomes the opportunity to talk to her.
He said some of her concerns about teens partying are familiar ones since the fire department abandoned plans to put its training facility at the pumping station because of vandalism. Herrett said the town has no control over policing the area, but would be willing to take care of the garbage problem.
"If there's a problem, I'm sure we'll do what we can to help," Herrett said.