They say visitors to the nearby riverside are parking up in the village and blocking driveways and using verges, tearing up the grass. They are also leaving rubbish and trespassing on private land.
People in the village blame the surge in visitors on the latest restrictions introduced to help reduce the impact of coronavirus, with people heading out to the countryside for walks instead of visiting shops or restaurants.
Tony Palmer has lived in the Stoke Bardolph for two years and said it is now too overcrowded at weekends.
He told Gedling Eye: “All these visitors to Stoke Bardolph are ruining the village.
They are parking outside resident drives and blocking people in. They are parking on grass verges and churning up all the grass.
“I’ve seen dog walkers sometimes not picking up the mess and also seen people dropping rubbish. It is so overcrowded at the weekend it’s ridiculous.
“I had an argument with a person as he parked on my private land to go walking on farmland – which is also illegal.
“Since all these new houses have been built and lockdown it has become terrible for residents.
“There are that many cars here that air pollution is now a problem. I watch some people running engines while sitting looking at the river.
Mr Palmer is now calling for action.
“Something needs to be done,’ he said.
One resident who didn’t wish to be named said she tried to avoid being in the village at the weekend due to the amount of people.
“I try and go elsewhere. It’s crazy here since the lockdowns started and the other restrictions were introduced. It was never this bad before.
“I am glad people enjoy coming here but they don’t respect it; they just throw rubbish on the street and leave mess everywhere.
“I wish they could be charged for parking so that money could be used to improve facilities and better accommodate so many people.”
Gedling Eye contacted Trent Valley councillors Sam Smith and Michael Adams for a response.
They are now calling on visitors to respect the village.
In a joint statement they said: “Lockdowns, by their very nature, create an increase in demand on our public spaces and understandably visitors are being attracted to our beautiful scenery in Stoke Bardolph for their exercise.
“Although our stunning riverside is available for all to enjoy, it is important to remember that a community also lives here. With that in mind, we urge visitors to take any rubbish home with them, pick up after their dogs, switch off engines whilst stationary, drive within the conditions/limits and ask them to respect our residents property when parking.
“We are constantly monitoring Stoke Bardolph and working to keep it clean and tidy. Since the summer lockdown, we have had three new litter and dog waste bins installed beside the river along Stoke Lane, ensured all bins are emptied regularly by Gedling Borough Wardens, hosted Stoke Bardolph community litter picks, had potholes filled in on the riverside layby and increased road and pedestrian safety with the installation new barriers.
“We will continue to work with our Stoke Bardolph residents, Gedling Borough Wardens, local Police and Nottinghamshire County Council’s Highways department to reduce traffic and litter issues and ask Stoke Bardolph residents to contact us directly with any queries.
They added: “We are so lucky to have access to such an incredible and beautiful area and we can all do our bit to keep it that way.”
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