A DISGUSTED grandad says groups of rowdy people gathering at a beauty spot are “spoiling it for everyone” after leaving a mess in their wake.
Police are now working to address concerns raised about youths gathering on Reservoir Road in Ulley village this week as temperatures soared.
Dave Fisher regularly travels through the village to visit his grandchildren and said he was shocked to see the scenes at the bridge on Wednesday.
“I went across the bridge at 3pm,” he said. “People were smoking dope, drinking beer and swimming in the reservoir. They’re jumping in off the bridge.”
Dave said cars had been parked on yellow lines as people packed out the area and rubbish had been strewn all over the road.
“The residents of Ulley have gone down and picked all the rubbish up, bottles and cans they’ve chucked out their windows.”
Dave added: “They’re spoiling it for everybody.”
The grandad claimed older residents in the village were “scared to death” because the troublemakers were “all stoned and drunk”.
He added: “It’s a place of natural beauty for everybody to use but they can’t use it while these idiots are there getting stoned and drunk leaving their rubbish for everybody else to pick up.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “We received reports on Wednesday and Thursday of youths gathering on Reservoir Road in Ulley village.
“It is believed that some members of the groups were swimming in the open water.
"Officers attended and asked the youths to leave, as well as advising around the dangers of open water swimming.
“Our Rotherham South Neighbourhood Team are working with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and Rotherham Borough Council to address the issues and concerns raised by residents to produce a long-term plan for everyone to enjoy the area safely.”