Tenby train station litter labelled an ‘embarrassment’

By Paul Evans   |   Content editor   |
Friday 24th January 2020 3:00 pm
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Councillors in Tenby have implored Network Rail to undertake a full clean-up of litter and waste left to collate alongside the train station’s tracks and platform. ()

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Councillors in Tenby have implored Network Rail to undertake a full clean-up of litter and waste left to collate alongside Tenby train station’s tracks and platform.

Speaking at Tuesday night’s meeting of the town council, Clr. Mrs. Tracey Evans told her colleagues that the state of the area due to rubbish dropped and not cleaned up was an ‘embarrassment’.

“It’s a right state down there - an embarrassment in fact!” she commented.

“I implore Network Rail or whoever is responsible to finally do something about it.”

The town clerk said that the town council had held meetings with local AMs and MPs and Network Rail in the past about the matter, but nothing had ever moved forward or resolved.

“We’ve brought this up for years and years, but nothing ever seems to get through!” said Clr. Mrs. Sue Lane.

“When we had the manpower to try and get the litter cleared up, we were refused access by Network Rail!” she explained.

Clr. Mrs. Evans said that she had been in touch with John Perrett who last year took over station adoption duties at the facility over the possibility of a colourful mosaic being introduced at the station, but even he admitted that he had hit a brick wall with being able to clear up rubbish alongside the track lines.

“John is doing a brilliant job there in volunteering, and wanted to go and clear up all the rubbish, but he would have to have someone from Network Rail there to watch him!

“I think we’d all take time off to muck in and help him if we were authorised to do so.

“Those responsible really need to pull their fingers out on this, as it is an embarrassment to Tenby,” she added.

Mr. Perrett told the Observer last year that it would be a good idea for as many people as possible to complain to Network Rail about the litter situation to put it right.

“I’ve also been complaining about the litter on the platform three trackbed and overgrown bushes, but unfortunately that is not Transport for Wales property, it belongs to Network Rail. I offered to pick it up, however that would mean trespassing!” he remarked.

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