Partying in the park? Litter
louts costs local councils thousands
WITH summer drawing to a close, people
are taking advantage of the last of the sun to have a barbecue in their local
park, but leave it looking like a rubbish tip when they go home.
That's the opinion of a national waste and recycling company which says that
local authorities are having to shell out thousands to clear up after lazy
families and groups of friends who leave food waste and rubbish behind.
Yorkshire based BusinessWaste.co.uk says that Council workers and waste
operators are at their wits' end as warm weather brings another rash of filth
left in public open spaces.
"My local park is full of litter and burnt out disposable barbecues on any
given evening. We've
been told that clearing this mess up costs hundreds every day, which comes out
of your Council Tax." says Business Waste spokesperson Mark Hall.
According to BusinessWaste.co.uk, rubbish encountered by their waste operators
in local parks includes:-
Portable and disposable barbecues.
Empty drinks cans and bottles.
Uneaten food, chicken bones and spare ribs.
Mark said:- "This is the kind of mess we face every
day in parks the length of the country. Would you act
like that in your own garden? 1 colleague told us they had to clear up an entire set of garden furniture,
including food still on the camp table, just lacking the people, like the Marie
Not only does food waste attract vermin, but dumped children's nappies make
litter picking and waste disposal that much more hazardous for council workers
and waste disposal operators.
Mark said:- "It's infuriating. The people who do this are ignorant and lazy.
It's time local authorities banned this kind of event in
public places, because some members of the public are completely unable to do
the right thing."
BusinessWaste.co.uk 's Mark Hall says that we should be following the French
example where eating and drinking is largely banned.
"Parks there are pristine with signs prohibiting barbecues. There have separate areas with tables and bins that are
segregated, so everything is kept under control." said Mark.
It's similar in Australia, where parks have fixed barbecues with bins nearby.
"Parks and beaches are pristine because people just can't eat food
elsewhere," says Mark.
Encouraging the UK's local authorities to come up with similar controlled areas
for people to bring and cook their own food, Business Waste says that a small
local investment could save thousands in the long run.
"Plenty of bins, and fixed-place barbecues in a fenced off area means that
users know their responsibilities. The huge problem
we have to face up to is that people are essentially lazy, and will act in an
anti social matter if they think they can get away with it.
People need to be nudged in the right direction to get them to clear up
after themselves. It's either that, or ban barbecues in
the park for once and for all." says Hall.
Local partnership restores
Woodchurch Memorial Garden
A memorial garden in Woodchurch has
been restored to its former glory – thanks to a local partnership. Youth charity
HYPE (Helping Young People Everywhere), the Wirral West Constituency Committee
and other local groups have worked to bring the Memorial Garden on Hoole Road
back into use after it fell into disrepair.
The garden was established to provide a place of reflection for people who have
lost loved ones on the estate. Local school children will now work with
Merseyside Police Community Support Officers to keep the garden tidy.
The project has seen the site cleared of weeds and overgrowth with new benches
and planters, whilst retaining the original features of the garden, including
memorial plaques supplied by local funeral director Sue Porter.
HYPE Project Manager Matt Houghton said:- "We are really pleased to have
been able to restore the garden. We hope that a couple of days of hard work from
the young people involved will result in a lasting positive impact for residents
and those who want to remember loved ones in the area. We believe that by
engaging more young people in positive activities such as this, they will become
empowered to increase their self esteem and confidence and raise their
aspirations for themselves, their families and communities.
Thank you to everyone who helped us with the project, including the Hoole Road
community hub which opened up its facilities for us whilst we were working on
site. Many local residents have already said how pleased they are to see the
garden looking so fantastic."
Cllr Jeff Green, Chairman of the Wirral West Constituency Committee, said:-
"The Committee has consistently supported local initiatives across the
constituency, by providing funding for projects or helping groups to access the
support they need from the Council and others. The memorial garden project is a
great example of the type of community initiative we have encouraged and
Cllr Matthew Patrick, the Council's Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and
Communications said:- "Our 2020 council plan champions neighbourhoods and
community organisations coming together to improve local areas.
I am delighted that the memorial garden at Hoole Road has been restored for the
benefit of local people. Thanks to all those involved."
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