Posted on 5th May 2015
Regular visitors to Chesterfield's Queen's Park are being encouraged to sign up to a scheme dedicated to protecting the area from anti-social behaviour and damage.
Police have teamed up with Chesterfield Borough Council to launch a Park Guardian Scheme in Queen's Park off Boythorpe Road in Chesterfield, to help keep the area an enjoyable place for all.
People who regularly visit the park, whether it be to walk their dog, play cricket, or simply for a walk, are being asked to sign up to become a designated Park Guardian.
The role of the Park Guardian is to report any issues that they may see in the park such as criminal damage, graffiti, fly tipping, or dog fouling, to the relevant authority to help to protect the area.
Officers from the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership visited the park on Wednesday, April 29 to host the official launch of the scheme.
Passing park users were encouraged to sign up to the initiative and were handed free Park Guardian packs. The packs contained further information about the scheme, a membership card and personal security advice.
As regular visitors to Queen's park, students from the Public Services course at Chesterfield College have also signed up to the Park Guardian scheme.
Meredith Ezard from Chesterfield Borough Council said: "The aim of the scheme is to improve Queen's Park and make it a better place for the community to use by tackling any issues of ASB, criminal damage, graffiti and dog related incidents.
"The scheme will also help us to protect the historical value of the park and by making it a cleaner safer place for all. We are calling on local residents to help us by taking ownership of the park and making a difference."
Community Safety Inspector, Russ Dakin, added: "This is a fantastic scheme and I am really looking forward to seeing what a difference we can all make by working together and taking ownership of our local park.
"The summer months can often bring more calls for service around anti-social behaviour, so by encouraging park users to reports any issues such as this to police or council, we can help to keep the park and safe, clean and enjoyable place to visit."
To sign up, or to find out more about the scheme, call the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership Team on 01246 345225, 01246 345306 or email at: Community.Safety@chesterfield.gov.uk
To report anti-social behaviour or suspicious incidents in the park, call police on 101. For dog related incidents, litter or damage, call Chesterfield Borough Council on 01246 345345.