Media release - issued 10 Jul 2020

Enjoy green spaces safely and responsibly this summer

With lockdown easing and residents keen to enjoy the great outdoors, Rushmoor Borough Council is joining forces with Hampshire Constabulary to encourage residents to use green spaces safely and responsibly - and make sure they don't leave litter behind.

Both the council and the police want residents to enjoy a clean and safe environment whether they are meeting a group of friends, heading out for a walk, or joining a fitness group outdoors.

So, visitors to parks and open spaces are being encouraged to put any litter they generate in a nearby rubbish bin or to take it home with them. There are more than 600 bins across Rushmoor.

They are also being reminded that barbecues, including disposable ones, are not allowed in the borough's park, as they can be a fire hazard, and to respect other park users, and park neighbours, by keeping noise down. People using local parks later at night especially, are asked not to play loud music and to leave quietly, whether on foot or by car.

The council will be also running a social media campaign and putting up posters in parks to remind visitors of their responsibilities.

Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet member for Operational Services, said: "We want everyone to enjoy our parks and green spaces this summer by being respectful of each other and the environment around them - especially after the hardships we have all been through in the last few months.

"So, I would ask everyone to try to remember to use the bins or take rubbish home with them, and also to remember that excessive noise also affects other park users and people living nearby.

"That being said, we would ask everyone to show a little bit of tolerance and to remember that we've all been through some difficult times and people are entitled to enjoy a bit of time outdoors catching up with friends and enjoying the good weather."

Anyone who sees or experiences any antisocial behaviour is advised to report it to the police on 101, or 999 in case of emergency.

*Visitors can report litter 'grotspots' to the council using its Love Rushmoor mobile app or by calling 01252 398399.

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