Pontefract Park litter louts - council to take action

Wakefield council has pledged to take action after piles of rubbish were left behind in Pontefract Park following the easing of lockdown.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 5:29 pm
Rubbish in Pontefract Park on Tuesday morning

Gary Blenkinsop, service director for environment, streetscene and climate change, said: “Littering is completely unacceptable and causes a blight on our district’s landscape.

“It is damaging to our parks and wildlife, and spoils the enjoyment of our green spaces for others. Unfortunately, despite a sufficient number of bins, Pontefract Park has suffered from a large amount of littering. We have put additional resources into clearing up the mess.

“This situation is far from unique and parks are facing similar issues up and down the country. In our district, Pugneys has recently seen huge amounts of litter strewn across the park, and other places are affected too.

Rubbish in Pontefract Park on Tuesday morning

“We will not tolerate this behaviour and we will be looking to base Covid Marshalls in parks, with the power to issue fixed penalty notices to anyone leaving their litter behind

“We cannot tackle this problem alone. We need everyone to take full responsibility for their actions and to please dispose of litter responsibly, and if the bins are full, to take it home to avoid resources being spent on clear ups, that are funded by money from Council tax payers.”