The ChristenUnie on Groningen’s city council want something to be done about the vile state of both the beach by the Dot and the Noorderplantsoen
Translated by Thomas Ansell
After several days of fine weather, the Noorderplantsoen and city beach at the Dot are turning into rubbish dumps, with people leaving large numbers of bottles and cans, as well as defecating in public if the accessible toilets are full. Aside from the filth, residents around both areas have had to call the police in recent evenings due to noise disturbance, reports the GIC. Now, the ChristenUnie faction on the city council wants something done.
The faction has asked the city’s leadership to come up with some regulations and guidance on the issue. One possibility is increasing the number of public loos, and bins, at the two sites, however it is thought that this would simply attract more people.
“Our city has lots of lovely places to relax, the Noorderplantsoen and city beach are just two of them. However, we have seen that these often-visited places in the city have been the cause of lots of disturbance in recent days, including large amounts of noise and litter. People that cannot get into a public loo are doing their business in the open, and after a busy day both locations look like rubbish tips”, says the ChristenUnie counsellors.
It is hoped that one way to reduce pressure on the two locations is to encourage people into other public spaces, and spread the load across the city. Naturally, though, there is no answer as to how this might be achieved.
Image: litter at the Hoge der A in Groningen