Richmondshire District Council

Bank holiday action plan for beauty spots

Last weekend’s bank holiday saw an action plan to prevent anti-social gatherings at two of Richmond’s beauty spots reap positive results.

Previous holiday weekends have seen large gatherings at the Falls and the Batts leading to concerns from local residents.

The District Council’s action plan featured road and car park closures, stewarding at key access points and traffic enforcement. District Council officers and extra police were also on duty. Drugs and alcohol, which had fuelled previous problem behaviour, were banned from the area for the whole weekend.

The council’s Visit Richmondshire Safely campaign was also visible through the presence of a digital display van over two days.

Councillor Helen Grant, Community Safety Lead for the authority, said: “We have had very positive feedback from residents and visitors who felt safer and better able to enjoy these facilities as a result of the measures we put in place.

“We are also working on a proposal to apply for a Public Spaces Protection Order for The Falls and The Batts. If implemented, this will be another weapon in our armoury to prevent anti-social gatherings in the future.”   

Local people still have time to have a say on this order – visit our online public consultation by September 7. Subject to feedback from the consultation exercise, it is hoped the order will be in place this autumn.

The District Council has already installed extra cameras to monitor the area and is working with its county council counterparts on enhanced parking enforcement in the area.

A multi-agency task group - made up of representatives from Richmondshire District Council, North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire County Council and councillors from both the district and county council – was set up to tackle the issues after the two May bank holidays resulted in mass gatherings of young people at the riverside beauty spot. They left behind them mounds of litter, drug canisters, waste and barbecues as well as causing disturbance to local people.

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