As the public took advantage of the glorious weekend over the bank holiday weekend, an angry local in Somerset claim visitors are urinating and defecating in public as amenities are closed
The good weather last weekend saw thousands of people flock to beauty spots and beaches across the country. However, although many people enjoyed the experience, some locals were left angered by the behaviour of people visiting the area.
The Daily Star reported that Somerset resident June Day, who lives near the popular spot of Brean Down, alerted the police when people were urinating and defecating in her garden. The local resident also said that the area was becoming increasingly busy as the weather heated up and claimed:
“hundreds of people are urinating and defecating in the open.”
Mrs. Day told Somerset Live that she blamed the National Trust and Sedgemoor District Council, who decided not to reopen the public toilets. Due to the current situation, many public toilets across the country are not open as local authorities explain that social distancing cannot be safely adhered to.
The resident also said she caught and challenged a lady who needed to go to the toilet on the pathway near her home and told her she could not go there. She said, “They are just blasé. I don’t think it’s going to get solved at all”.
The police said they were investigating the issue and a spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police “Over the weekend we attended the address of a woman in Brean on Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25. She reported several people had been urinating against her garden fence.” They also added, they had advised the resident on how to protect her home, and they had spoken to members of the public in the surrounding area.
The National Trust has previously said they would publish available toilet facilities on their website and that they’d hoped to have opened the Brean Down toilets, but they were awaiting PPE equipment. The organisation also urged people to check local amenities and conditions before travelling.
This news comes after Devon and Cornwall’s authorities have joined forces to ask people to stay away as part of a #comebacklater campaign.
Enjoying a toxic beauty spot
While most people flocked to beaches, some people, despite warnings, visited the Derbyshire location of Harpur Hill, which has previously been described by the region’s chief constable, Peter Goodman, as:
“probably the most dangerous water in the UK.”
LADbible reported that people visited the area over the bank holiday and were photographed in the water even though it is considered toxic. This location is an old quarry near Buxton and is also known as ‘The Blue Lagoon.’ However, even though the water looks inviting, it has been reported that the pH level is similar to that of bleach or ammonia. Several years ago, in a bid to stop people going there, the council took measures and turned the water black, although it returned to its blue colour. Signs up around the spot read, “Warning! Do not enter water due to high pH levels.”
In Cornwall two people lose their lives and several others were injured in accidents that occurred on Bank Holiday Monday, and the RNLI has called on local authorities to restrict beach access until lockdown measures are over.