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Ballymagorry canal ‘like a dump’

Photography enthusiast Chris Stevenson who took it upon himself to clear a section of the embankment of the River Foyle of all the plastic waste.

A LOCAL photographer has hit out at the masses of rubbish at the canal in Ballymagorry, which he feels has left the area “like a dump.” 

After rubbish hindered him from getting a perfect shot of the canal during the good weather,  Chris Stevenson from Strabane said enough was enough and set about removing the large amounts of debris from the area himself. 

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After filling over dozen black bin bags with rubbish, Chris is now calling on others to help tackle the substantial build up of plastic, nappies and household waste littering the area.  

“It is a sin to see such a lovely area littered like this,” he said. “I do a lot of landscape photography and couldn’t get a decent shot of the area without photoshopping pieces of rubbish out.

“Overall, the area is like a dump and I have never seen plastic like it along a stretch of 500 yards. I spent about two hours filling bin bags and there is still more rubbish lying around.”

According to Chris, a lot of the rubbish appears to have travelled up the river.

“There were a lot of disgusting items of rubbish such as used medicine bottles, veterinary needles and even nappies.

” I think the rubbish is coming from both Strabane and Derry and washing up here. It is truly a eyesore and a cleanup is necessary.”

With this, Chris feels regular clean up efforts are needed for the area.

“People walking along the canal should take an interest in keeping it clean,” he said. 

“People should be prepared to ‘step up and not step over’ rubbish. If we had a group of four or five individuals cleaning up the area monthly it would make a huge difference.” 

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