LAST week, the Greytown Gazette received a number of complaints about a Department of Education interschool cultural event in King Edward Park on Thursday 24 August for primary schools and on Friday 25 August for secondary schools. Members of the public said the level of noise, particularly after 5pm, was excessive and totally unnecessary. Reference was made by community members to the amount of alcohol being consumed and the physical activities taking place.The Greytown Gazette checked King Edward Park on Saturday and found it strewn with piles of litter and empty beer, brandy, vodka, etc., bottles. Two Umvoti Municipal workers were busy picking up (orange) bags of litter. To check out what and why, the Greytown Gazette contacted the cultural committee organiser, Mr R.M. Zuma who was horrified. He and various teachers say the area was left clean on Friday afternoon, however, a large number of “spectators” were present and the park has unfortunately become known as a “drinking zone”.In regard to the litter, Mr Zuma apologised profusely – saying it was totally irresponsible behaviour and issued an assurance that this would not happen again. It is essential that the youth be concerned about the environment. Mr Zuma said that controls would be put in place for the district level competition to take place at King Edward Park on 8 September – here’s hoping.