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RUBBISH EYESORE: Patrols increased as litter left in Hemel Hempstead park

 Published on: 24th June 2023   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

Dacorum Borough Council (DBC) and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) are working together to tackle the problem of litter in Hemel Hempstead.

This follows a large amount of rubbish being left in Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead, over the weekend of Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11.

Councillor Robin Bromham, portfolio holder for neighbourhood operations at DBC, said: “Not only is this rubbish an eyesore and damaging to the environment but, as we enter the summer period where the ground becomes drier, discarded disposable barbecues or unattended barbecues are also a serious fire risk, so the chance of fire spreading and causing damage increases.

“Dacorum has some great staff and volunteers picking up litter, but please don’t rely on them. If you see a bit of litter, please take it home with your own, or pop it in a bin.”

DBC and HFRS are increasing volunteer and enviro-crime patrols at weekends to advise the public on how to use green spaces in an enjoyable but respectful and safe way.

If you plan on visiting any of the borough’s parks or green spaces for a picnic or barbecue this summer, please remember to do so responsibly and take your rubbish home with you and recycle your empty plastic containers, bottles or cans.

People who do not do this may receive a littering or fly tipping fixed penalty notice and/or be prosecuted for not disposing of their rubbish correctly.

For more information about the rules on litter and fly tipping, plus fire safety advice, visit www.dacorum.gov.uk/cleansafegreen

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