Fishing lover Tommy, ten, clears up litter at lake

Fishing lover Tommy, ten, clears up litter at lake

Fishing lover Tommy, ten, clears up litter at lake

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A CARING schoolboy fed up of fishing while surrounded by litter decided to take matters into his own hands.

Tommy Whale, 10, regularly goes fishing with his dad Bradley at Gloucester Park.

After getting annoyed by litter spoiling their trips, the Fairhouse Junior School pupil persuaded his dad to help him clean up the lake.

Mum Julie-Ann Whale, of Brownlow Bend, Basildon, said: “Tommy started asking about all the litter and why it was there.

“It’s disgusting. There is a lot it everywhere and he said he wanted to clear it up. He is very thoughtful and always has been.

“I was a bit shocked when he told me what he wanted to do. You don’t hear that frommany 10- year-olds during the summer holidays.”

Pat Rackley, councillor for St Martin’s ward, said: “I would like to congratulate this boy for being so communityminded.”

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1:34pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Tommy Whale...the fisherman, love it.
good on you little fella, shame theres too many lazy people around discarding it in the first place.



Pat Rackley, councillor for St Martin’s ward, said: “I would like to congratulate this boy for being so community minded.”

maybe the good councillor could find out why its not done regular in the first place, it is a public area isn't it?
Tommy Whale...the fisherman, love it. good on you little fella, shame theres too many lazy people around discarding it in the first place. Pat Rackley, councillor for St Martin’s ward, said: “I would like to congratulate this boy for being so community minded.” maybe the good councillor could find out why its not done regular in the first place, it is a public area isn't it? Robin Reliant
  • Score: 11

1:47pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Mr Peach says...

This lil guy deserves a medel surley? I dont read much inspiring stuff on here but this is brilliant. As for Pat Rackley.... 'community minded'.....? The boy just wants to fish and is doing basildon councils bloody job, maybe they should be taling a leaf out of his book!
This lil guy deserves a medel surley? I dont read much inspiring stuff on here but this is brilliant. As for Pat Rackley.... 'community minded'.....? The boy just wants to fish and is doing basildon councils bloody job, maybe they should be taling a leaf out of his book! Mr Peach
  • Score: 12

5:51pm Tue 19 Aug 14

John Bull 40 says...

I wonder why people who fish leave their rubbish behind, just lazy slobs
I suppose, no one ever enforces anti litter laws, too much trouble I
think
I wonder why people who fish leave their rubbish behind, just lazy slobs I suppose, no one ever enforces anti litter laws, too much trouble I think John Bull 40
  • Score: 1

7:00pm Tue 19 Aug 14

RuleBritania says...

Well done Stuart Little
Well done Stuart Little RuleBritania
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7:55pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

That looks more like the old pond down the east end of the park. Known locally and variously as Boot Hill Pond and Green Hill Pond smong other names rather than the 'New Lake'.

It's not a day ticket water and as such is largely forgotten about these days. Back in the day when it was the only fishing spot in the park the Council were always trying to empty it by digging great big breaches in the bank and it was onky down to the local anglers' filling in the breaches that kept it going.....

There's little litter collecting down there as they make no revenue out if it..


Nice to see the Whales doing their bit though. Good work by the young lad and his dad and shame on those that litter the place.
That looks more like the old pond down the east end of the park. Known locally and variously as Boot Hill Pond and Green Hill Pond smong other names rather than the 'New Lake'. It's not a day ticket water and as such is largely forgotten about these days. Back in the day when it was the only fishing spot in the park the Council were always trying to empty it by digging great big breaches in the bank and it was onky down to the local anglers' filling in the breaches that kept it going..... There's little litter collecting down there as they make no revenue out if it.. Nice to see the Whales doing their bit though. Good work by the young lad and his dad and shame on those that litter the place. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

10:46am Wed 20 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

Mr Peach wrote:
This lil guy deserves a medel surley? I dont read much inspiring stuff on here but this is brilliant. As for Pat Rackley.... 'community minded'.....? The boy just wants to fish and is doing basildon councils bloody job, maybe they should be taling a leaf out of his book!
Er, why is it all Basildon Council's responsibility?

Surely the blame lies with the sort of lowlifes who go to these places and chuck their rubbish about in the first place.

What's wrong with taking a carrier bag in a pocket and filling it with any rubbish that would otherwise be tossed on the floor, then taking it back and putting it in a bin.

Whenever I took my kids into the countryside or park, I'd always have a carrier bag for picnic wrappers etc then bin it at the nearest bin or take it home and bin it.

The responsibility starts with the sort of lazy oiks who chuck their rubbish on the floor and expect others to pick it up.

And hats off to Tommy for showing up these morons. Good for him. It comes to something when a 10 year old takes the initiative to clear up the rubbish left by riff raff most likely a lot older than him.

Granted, the council should be maintaining open spaces but let's not let disgusting morons who treat open spaces like their personal dustbin, get away with it yet again.

Responsibility starts with the individual.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Peach[/bold] wrote: This lil guy deserves a medel surley? I dont read much inspiring stuff on here but this is brilliant. As for Pat Rackley.... 'community minded'.....? The boy just wants to fish and is doing basildon councils bloody job, maybe they should be taling a leaf out of his book![/p][/quote]Er, why is it all Basildon Council's responsibility? Surely the blame lies with the sort of lowlifes who go to these places and chuck their rubbish about in the first place. What's wrong with taking a carrier bag in a pocket and filling it with any rubbish that would otherwise be tossed on the floor, then taking it back and putting it in a bin. Whenever I took my kids into the countryside or park, I'd always have a carrier bag for picnic wrappers etc then bin it at the nearest bin or take it home and bin it. The responsibility starts with the sort of lazy oiks who chuck their rubbish on the floor and expect others to pick it up. And hats off to Tommy for showing up these morons. Good for him. It comes to something when a 10 year old takes the initiative to clear up the rubbish left by riff raff most likely a lot older than him. Granted, the council should be maintaining open spaces but let's not let disgusting morons who treat open spaces like their personal dustbin, get away with it yet again. Responsibility starts with the individual. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 2

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