Anger at poor state of Grimsby's River Freshney
PEOPLE living near Grimsby's River Freshney feel let down after the stretch of water has been left to get overgrown and spoilt.
As reported, local businessman Tony Booth started a petition to clean up the river last August.
Almost 2,000 people signed up to support the cause, but nearly a year later the river is still littered with rubbish and full of weeds.
Mr Booth said: "I have been trying to get this river sorted for 15 years.
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"The council has said it would help us get it sorted, but still nothing has been done.
"We spoke to councillor Darren Billard at the time and he was very helpful at first.
"He promised us so much and that it would get sorted, but it hasn't been yet.
"A lot of people really feel let down.
"It is not just the fact that it looks bad, all the fish will die if it stays this way and it is also dangerous."
Freshney Fishing Club has also been backing the project with the aim to improve the standard of the surrounding environment for everyone
Chairman Dave Wilkins said: "Years ago this was one of the finest rivers in the area, but now it is full of weeds and rubbish.
"It is also dangerous because if a child fell in you wouldn't be able to find them very easily due to it being so overgrown.
"It is also impossible to fish, which is obviously a shame for our club.
"Cleaning up the river would benefit everyone in this area and there has to be some funding out there for us to do it."
North East Lincolnshire Council's portfolio holder for finance, governance and support services, Councillor Darren Billard, said: "This is not something we can sort at a drop of a hat.
"I have looked into getting the river dredged, but this costs a lot of money and takes a lot of time. However, we are looking at incorporating it into our outreaching communities bid.
"Last year I helped strim the riverbanks myself and Green Futures Grimsby has applied for funding to clean up the banks again this year.
"I am hopeful that it will secure funding and once the money is in I will be happy to come and give them a hand again."