A Grimsbury resident has spoken out after litter was left dumped in Moorfield Park over the bank holiday weekend.
The man, who does not wish to be named, took pictures of the park showing bags, bottles and even a used condom strewn in different locations throughout the park.
He said the problem has persisted for years along with drug dealing and drinking, which he says at times makes it unsuitable for families and young children.
“People don’t put their rubbish away,” he said.
“They want to spend money improving the park but what’s the point if people don’t look after it, it’s a waste of time to be honest.
“They put new planters in and the children pull the flowers up.”
Of the drug dealing in the park the man said: “It’s blatant. You get to know who is involved and you see them come out and go over to a couple of people, shake hands and go back again.
“It’s a very good park and there are a lot of wonderful people who get a lot of enjoyment out of it, but it’s the few that ruin it for everyone.”
However Cherwell District Councillor Margaret Cullip who represents the Grimsbury and Castle Ward, said contractors Continental Landscaping do an excellent job of thoroughly cleaning the park each Tuesday and the rubbish from the weekend has now been cleared. She said the litter from the weekend may largely have been due to foxes going through rubbish bags.
Mrs Cullip agreed there is a problem with residents dumping takeaway wrappers and said people do use the park for drinking, but she does not believe drug dealing impacts on residents.
“Moorfield Park is no different to parks anywhere else.
“People may sit down and have a smoke but I’ve never seen a needle down there,” she said.