Richmondshire District Council

Patrols at Richmond Batts

Richmondshire District Council is ramping up its patrols of Richmond Batts in a bid to combat the litter problems left by visitors yesterday (May 20).

On the hottest day of the year so far the beauty spot attracted hordes of day trippers who caused concern to local people.

“Not only were there significant concerns that social distancing rules were clearly not being observed, but these groups of people left behind mounds of litter,” said Corporate Director, Colin Dales.

“Our waste team has to go in and remove the litter and clean the area up – this eats up valuable capacity which diverts us from doing other important work. The ramping up of patrols at the Batts will mean anyone seen littering being issued with a fine.

“We want this area to be safe for everyone to enjoy, local residents and visitors alike, but we urge people to think of each other and observe the current restrictions as we battle to beat coronavirus – be alert and considerate.

“If this anti-social behaviour persists we may need to consider further and wider restrictions in the area which we want to avoid if at all possible. It will be a real shame if the behaviour of an inconsiderate few reduces access for the considerate majority.”

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