Security patrols are continuing and extra bin provision has been installed at Bridgford Park and Bridgfield in West Bridgford to further reassure residents and visitors the open spaces can be enjoyed responsibly.
In preparation for this week’s government roadmap progression, Rushcliffe Borough Council has secured the further support to complement work with Nottinghamshire Police to decrease instances of litter and anti-social behaviour at the parks and other public spaces.
The parks will be closed at 7.30pm until further notice to also help alleviate any issues and Bridgfield will be accessed through a single controlled access point if required, as footfall at the parks increases with warmer spring weather and the Easter break.
Extra temporary yellow event bins are now in place around the parks and Streetwise teams will continue their regular clearance of bins across the park and town centre and the cleaning of the park’s toilets.
Park users and town centre visitors are advised to approach officials or call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 should they need to raise any future concerns.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Executive Manager for Neighbourhoods Dave Banks said: “Security patrols are now in place daily at the parks and around the Borough to ensure our parks and open spaces can continue to be a place for all to enjoy.
“We’re aware the majority of park users enjoy the areas responsibly and we thank them for taking pride in their local area by always binning their rubbish or taking it home.
“Park users’ and local residents’ safety is exceptionally important to us and an unfortunate scene of increased volumes of litter left at the parks in recent days we will tackle wherever we can.
“It mirrors a disappointing picture in places nationally but we will do all we can to protect those who use and enjoy our parks and adjoining neighbourhoods.”
All officials and Police have powers to enforce Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) rules which means park users and town centre visitors must give up alcohol when asked to do so by an official.
Failure to comply can lead to a fixed penalty notice or prosecution at court and a fine of up to £1,000.