Pitching in at park’s big pick-up

WMDC Clean Up. Pontefract Park  - Harry Bingham picking up litter as Joe Burns follows with bags

WMDC Clean Up. Pontefract Park - Harry Bingham picking up litter as Joe Burns follows with bags

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A BLITZ on litterbugs saw fast-food workers help clean up the town’s park.

Staff from McDonald’s at the Racecourse retail park in Pontefract mucked in with the Big Tidy-Up in conjunction with Wakefield Council.

Volunteers from the hamburger chain joined forces with the local authority’s anti-social behaviour unit to pick up litter and crack down on dog-fouling.

Joanne Burns, manager of the branch, said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to tackling litter in our community we teamed up with the council and held a large clean-up event.

“It was hugely successful and it was fantastic to have so many people there, working together to help clean-up our community.

“We look forward to holding more of these events in the future.”

Environmental officers from the council were on hand to offer advice and guidance on anti-social behaviour and responsible dog ownership, as well as pitching in with the tidy-up.

Coun Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for the environment, said: “The Big Tidy-Up is a great way to get the whole community involved. The partnership will help educate the public and hopefully deter future offences.”

The council has stepped up the number of high visibility and plain clothes patrols at the park to tackle environmental crimes.

People will be slapped with on-the-spot fines of £75 for graffiti, fly-postering and littering offences and £50 for dog fouling.