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Volunteers needed to help put brakes on littering at BMX track

Posted on 15th May 2013

Police are appealing for volunteers to take part in a project to clean up an area of parkland used as a BMX track by Buxton youngsters.

A corner of public land in Temple Fields, off Fern Road, is often used by BMX riders who have built small ramps and jumps to use.

However, in recent months, litter has been left at the site by drinkers who gather there at night when the bikers have left and leave cans and other waste behind.

Officers from Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team have teamed up with High Peak Borough Council, which owns the land, to start a clean-up project – which starts on the evening of Monday, May 20.

PCSO Alan Nield, who is leading the effort, is now appealing for volunteers to help keep it tidy so local youngsters can continue to enjoy it.

He said: “It’s been a popular site for local people, especially teenagers, for many years and we don’t want it to be taken away because other people are making a mess of it.

“It’s not fair on the general public when an open space is left in a state so what we’re trying to do is get young people to take ownership for it and help keep it tidy.

“We’ll also be carrying out extra patrols and advising people who gather there and might drop litter, but the first thing we want to do is spruce it up and to do that, we really need the help of young volunteers.”

High Peak Borough Council has provided litter picking tools and high-visibility jackets, and will be collecting bags that are filled during the clean-up project.

Volunteers who use the site and want to take part should meet at the BMX area of Temple Fields at 5.30pm on Monday, May 20. The litter pick will last for about an hour and a half.

For more information, call PCSO Nield on 101.

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