Pub regulars clean up brook

PUBLISHED: 07:30 11 July 2013

some of the volunteers

some of the volunteers

Locals at The Kings Arms in Otterton have come to the rescue, after the village's brook was left looking untidy and neglected.

In the past, Devon County Council has undertaken the maintenance of the brook, which runs the whole length of the village, but this year it has been left untouched, leaving the banks overgrown and debris from last year’s floods littering the bottom.

One evening in The Kings Arms, the locals decided enough was enough and, under the guidance of Sarah Morrish, set a date for the big clean-up.

Last weekend, therefore, saw 20 of them, including two parish councillors, turn up with all the necessary tools and spend a day in sweltering heat clearing the brook.

Pub landlord Mike Hext, who also took part, said: “Nearly 20 loads of vegetation were removed and kindly disposed thanks to the generosity of Robin Carter, whilst the stones were replaced into eroded ditches, from where they most probably originated, further up Ottery Street.

“Many of the local residents of an older generation showed their appreciation by providing a constant stream of cold drinks to cool the volunteers down under the blazing sun.”

After their toils the volunteers were rewarded with lunch at The Kings Arms with Mr Hext’s compliments.

Volunteer, and haulage provider, parish councillor Ian Simpson now plans to extend the brook clean-up initiative to other parts of the village, and parish council clerk David Ottley has written to the group thanking them for their tremendous community spirit, saying that not only has the appearance improved but also the ability for the brook to flow efficiently in the event of any future heavy rain.

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