AS restrictions were lifted last week allowing “up to six people” to meet in a park or garden, the countries parks took a litter-hit.
Cheltenham was no exception with many images appearing on social media showing the disgraceful scenes of litter-strewn parks across the town.
Local MP Alex Chalk has urged people to take responsibility for their rubbish after litter was left strewn across Cheltenham’s parks and green spaces.
The MP’s call has been picked up nationally, as lockdown restrictions easing this week coincided with hot weather and encouraged many people to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine.
Alex Chalk said:
“Clearly no thought has been given to the public servants who have to clean it up.
“For the avoidance of doubt, dropping litter is illegal. Councils have the power to issue on-the-spot fines of up to £150 for littering. Where the offender is prosecuted and ends up in Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court, the fine could rise to £2,500.
“These powers should be used!”