'Please take your litter home' requests the sign in the car park of Wolverton Walk in Milton Keynes. Not only does it ask kindly, but there are three other signs making the same request dotted around the car park, assuming that, after a long walk with the kids or the dogs, or both indeed, people will have empty bottles or dog poo to discard before they get into their cars.
The picture is far more grim and grotty... Mostly over the weekends, parks, playgrounds, underpasses around Milton Keynes and any empty field around the surrounding villages are visited by a harmless but very mean looking species of nocturnal creatures which come out shortly after sunset, when darkness has fallen over the quiet town. These nocturnal creatures, otherwise known as 'bored teenagers with no place to go on weekend nights to socialise with their peers that will not require ten pounds or a fake id to get in', sit around in parks, huddled up in the cold hours of the night, consuming vasts amounts of alcohol and possible engaging in reckless, unprotected acts of a sexual nature. In the early hours of the morning, they disperse one by one, to go home to worried parents and long lie-ins. The only proof they were ever there, till they come back the following weekend, is the discarded condom packets, cigarette packets, empty cider bottle, cigarette ends and junk food packaging scattered in the undergrowth.
Milton Keynes parks need a more systematic way to fight litter than polite signs in car parks, and its young residents better provision and opportunities on long, boring nights than huddling up in an underpass or a car park in the dead of the night, for a recreational drinking and smoking session.
Words and photography by Sinem
'Ars longa, vita brevis.'
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