For years after it ceased to by the Oxbow Nature Reserve, the little wood behind the Lutheran Church on Cool Street in Waterville, used to offer a pleasant 20- or 30-minute walk where the dogs could even have a swim. Well, it isn’t a very pleasant spot now.

Last summer the squatters moved in. Now the whole area is strewn with shopping carts, broken furniture, torn clothes and tents, and an entire summer’s worth of trash and garbage. Holes were dug in the paths for fire pits, branches were torn off trees and either burned or left where they fell.

Why are these people allowed to move onto land that isn’t even theirs and so ruin it that nobody can ever again get any enjoyment from it?

John Wells


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