Additional measures to be enforced in Endcliffe Park following easing of lockdown

Police patrols in Endcliffe Park are set to take place after a huge increase in visitors has lead to problems such as masses of litter being abandoned and urination.

Sheffield City Council have been working with South Yorkshire Police over the last week to enforce stricter measures in the park to try and ensure it remains a clean and safe space.

Just a small amount of the litter that was left in the park last week.

Superintendent Simon Verrall of South Yorkshire Police said: “As lockdown restrictions lift we want everyone to make the most of what our fantastic city has to offer, but I am reminding people to please do this responsibly.

“Our officers are working really hard alongside Sheffield City Council to ensure measures are in place to prevent the scenes in Endcliffe Park happening again.

“You will continue to see officers on patrol in local parks and I’d encourage you to stop and speak to them, raise any concerns you might have and work with us.”

Increasing the hours the toilets are open until, placing additional bins and emptying them more frequently, and putting up extra signs about disposing of waste responsibly are just some of the stricter measures being enforced.

An example of the extra signage that will be scattered around the park.

A local resident Marianne Hauer, 20, said: “I think the new measures are going to be useful particularly the extra bins and signage because people will be reminded that they still need to be respectful of the spaces they are in.

“People who are more vulnerable or scared to go out may have more confidence to come to the park as their minds will have been put to ease a bit following the new measures.

“It is important that everyone has a place to go where they can meet up in a safe environment.”

People are being asked to crush or stack packaging before binning, wherever possible, to make more room in the bins and anyone visiting the park should put rubbish in the bins provided or take it home to put in their own bins.

Ruth Bell, Head of Parks and Countryside at Sheffield City Council, said: “It was great to see so many people enjoying the sunshine in our parks during the first bout of hot weather earlier this month, but the scenes the morning after were not so pleasant.

“We have stepped up measures and are doing everything possible to keep on top of waste issues and we have already seen a significant improvement since then.

“We ask everyone to take pride in our wonderful green spaces and show respect to our staff and other park visitors by doing their bit to help us keep them looking lovely for everyone to enjoy.”

Written by Molly Ashman

Student Journalist. Work experience at West Midlands paper, the Express and Star with three published articles.

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