Leeds: Talks over Woodhouse Moor litter clampdown

FUN IN THE SUN: Sunbathers on Woodhouse Moor.
FUN IN THE SUN: Sunbathers on Woodhouse Moor.
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A senior councillor is to hold talks with police over what action can be taken against litter louts who frequently leave a Leeds park looking a mess.

Residents in Hyde Park are dismayed at the mountains of rubbish left on Woodhouse Moor, which has attracted thousands of visitors during the recent hot spell.

Council staff had to carry out a major clean up after last weekend’s sunny weather and it prompted calls from Coun Gerry Harper (Lab, Hyde Park and Woodhouse) for on-the-spot fines and the possible temporary closure of the park.

Now Coun Mark Dobson, the council’s executive member for environment, is to meet the police to discuss what can be done.

He said: “The weather over the weekend was fabulous, and it’s great that so many people went along to their local park to enjoy the sunshine and everything else they have to offer.

“However, Woodhouse Moor was left in a completely unacceptable state due to the high levels of rubbish, litter and glass that were dropped in the area. We had to redirect resources to the park to undertake a thorough clear up.

“This type of behaviour simply cannot continue and I will be meeting with both local councillors and the police this week to discuss what practical steps can be taken to clampdown on offenders.

“If you are thinking of visiting one of our many parks this summer, please help keep them clean and tidy by making sure that your rubbish is put into one of the many bins provided.

“Better still people can take their rubbish back home with them to recycle in their domestic bins.”

Sue Buckle, of South Headingley Community Association, backed Coun Harper’s call for on-the-spot fines to be handed out.

She said: “I don’t think a closure would be practical but certainly something has to be done. Someone brought a sofa into the park and it was set alight leaving a large burn mark.

“The message from local residents is we are happy to see the park used but, like us, please appreciate and respect it.”