Overnight Easter gatherings lead to a "a sad mess" of litter in Blackpool's Stanley Park

Those visiting Blackpool's Stanley Park to make the most of the mild weather were greeted with litter strewn across the lawns this morning (Friday, April 2).

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 2:23 pm
Updated Friday, 2nd April 2021, 2:24 pm
Litter was found scattered around Stanley Park in Blackpool this morning (Friday, April 2). Pic: Brendan Bunting
Litter was found scattered around Stanley Park in Blackpool this morning (Friday, April 2). Pic: Brendan Bunting

The easing of lockdown restrictions and this week's mild weather has led to overnight gatherings in the park, with some leaving a "sad mess" of cans, bottles, takeaway boxes and sweet packets in their wake.

Pictures taken this morning shows the litter scattered across the park's gardens, footpaths and woodlands. Litter also greeted families arriving early to the children's play areas, where empty alcohol bottles and cans were found near the play equipment.

The sight of the litter has left a bitter taste in the mouths of those who had eagerly sought out the park to avoid the hustle and bustle of the seafront.

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Artist and youth worker, Brendan Bunting, said it was "sad to see Stanley Park left in a right mess" so soon after the easing of lockdown restrictions.

He tweeted: "Sad to see Stanley Park left in a right mess this morning from those using it last night. Friends of Stanley Park work tirelessly to keep the park looking nice.

"Think extra patrols of the park might be needed @BpoolCouncil @BlackpoolPolice."

The untidy scenes follow calls from Fylde coast councils to keep green spaces, streets and seafronts clean during the sunny bank holiday weekend.

Litter was found scattered around Stanley Park in Blackpool this morning (Friday, April 2). Pic: Brendan Bunting

Blackpool Council has warned that litter enforcement officers will be on patrol over Easter and officers can issue fixed penalty notices to anyone caught dropping rubbish.

Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for Tourism and Culture, said: "We look forward to people enjoying Blackpool once again as guidelines and restrictions have started to ease.

"However, we continue to send messages and information out to visitors and residents to emphasise social distancing responsibilities alongside the importance of keeping our town and our beaches litter free.

"Our much loved beaches and parks have been a lifeline for many through this incredibly difficult time so we urge people to protect our environment and use bins provided to dispose of litter or take it home.

Takeaway boxes, bottles of alcohol and sweet and crisp packets were found scattered around Stanley Park in Blackpool this morning (Friday, April 2). Pic: Brendan Bunting

"It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep Blackpool and elsewhere tidy and clean."