Leeds resident praises students cleaning up Woodhouse Moor as police and council release statements

A Leeds resident has praised students spotted cleaning up on Woodhouse Moor after a large gathering held on Tuesday (April 20).

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 3:27 pm

Stevie Baker said he walks across Woodhouse Moor on a daily basis.

However, he wanted to pay particular praise to a group of students he spotted cleaning up the area on Wednesday afternoon, following a large gathering held "without incident" on Tuesday according to police.

Stevie said: "I go for a walk through the park every afternoon and was surprised to see them.

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A Leeds resident has praised students spotted cleaning up on Woodhouse Moor after a large gathering held on Tuesday (April 20). cc Stevie Baker

"I told them I was going to put it on social media to get them some praise for a change."

The students were spotted with litter pickers and bags, clearing up rubbish left on the park following the gathering.

The praise comes amid statements released by the police and Leeds Council to the YEP.

West Yorkshire Police said: "Police attended Woodhouse Moor yesterday afternoon after they were made aware of an event which resulted in many people gathering in the area.

“Officers remained in the area to ensure there were no public safety issues and the event passed off without incident.”

However, Leeds Council said it was "hugely dissapointing" to see the amount of litter left on Woodhouse Moor "once again".

They urged Leeds residents to take "personal responsibility" and bring bags to dispose of rubbish when visiting green spaces.

A spokesperson said: "We have had to divert a significant number of Cleaner Neighbourhoods Team staff from other important work in other communities to help with the clean-up at Woodhouse Moor, which is very frustrating.

"There will be also be an additional budgetary cost to the council to cover the costs of the clean-up, that could be used to fund other services that are undertaken in our parks.

“Our message to those who visit Woodhouse Moor and indeed all our parks and green spaces across the city is very clear.

"Please take some personal responsibility and bring bags with you to take your rubbish home or dispose of it in an appropriate manner.

"Very importantly, we also ask that people continue to adhere to the guidance in terms of social distancing and gatherings.

"This is vitally important if we are to continue to protect the health and wellbeing of not just ourselves but others.”