Appeal to visitors to respect our parks

We are appealing to visitors to show more respect after the Derbyshire Dales' main parks were left strewn with litter last weekend.

Our clean and green team have now completed a mammoth clean-up having collected around 150 bags of rubbish discarded in parks in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Matlock Bath.

Now visitors are being warned that on-the-spot fines of £100 will be imposed if anyone is seen breaching the parks' rules banning disposable barbecues, open fires, alcohol and littering.
“Clearly the Government’s recent announcement that day trippers can enjoy unlimited travel in England is creating very real issues for local authorities such as Derbyshire Dales," a District Council spokesperson said.
"Our staff do an incredible job clearing up litter but all of our visitor hotspots are being impacted, including our main parks in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Matlock Bath and this is testing resources in very challenging times due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
“We ask visitors to respect our communities and the council’s own staff by taking home the litter they create. Authorised officers will not hesitate to issue on-the-spot fixed penalty notices where people contravene advertised Public Space Protection Orders by using disposable barbecues, lighting open fires, consuming alcohol or littering.”
We are appealing to visitors to show more respect after the Derbyshire Dales

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