Litter mentality spoils Cambridge Gardens

No more rubbish: Leanne Thomas (left) and Mary Hornby with some of the litter around the Cambridge Gardens Shopping Centre. Picture: Gary WarrickCAMBRIDGE Gardens residents Mary Hornby and Leanne Thomas are fed up with broken glass and litter around their shopping centre in Boomerang Place.
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“I feel at times I should move because it’s like living in a rubbish tip,” Mrs Hornby said.

Mrs Thomas, who is a hairdresser, said some of her clients and neighbours felt the same.

“A woman who lives near me says she’s thinking of moving because of the way the area’s deteriorated,” she said.

Mrs Thomas also said she could no longer walk her dog near Boomerang Place because of the risk of broken glass.

Mrs Hornby said at least there was not as much litter around, since she had recently written to all five of Penrith’s North Ward councillors about the problem.

“But they could have more garbage bins here,” she said.

Mrs Thomas said there should also be more signage around the shopping centre.

“Make people feel guilt about littering,” she said.

“Littering is an offence, but there are no signs around any of the shops to remind people.”

The owner of McDonald’s at Cambridge Gardens Shopping Centre, Frank Meduri, said his business did its part to keep the area as clean as possible.

“We are out cleaning up rubbish as far away as the pub,” Mr Meduri said.

“The litter concerns me too, but we can’t stop people throwing their rubbish out.”

He said education was a nice idea, but he did not know how it could be done.

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