Bridge Field and Bridgford Park in West Bridgford will have earlier evening closing times from today (Monday) to alleviate recent issues around litter and anti-social behaviour.
The sites will now be closed from 7pm and 9pm respectively, instead of 9.30 pm each evening, until further notice with increased security patrols each day giving reassurance to park users they remain a safe place to visit.
Extra security fencing is set to be installed around their entrances and perimeters to prevent unauthorised access when closed and access to Bridge Field will be through a single controlled access point.
The number of park users will be monitored so the areas can still be used safely in conjunction with government advice on social distancing and all park users will be requested to leave the areas at the stated closing times.
In line with local Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) rules, park users and town centre visitors must give up alcohol when asked to do so by an official and failure to comply can lead to a fixed penalty notice or prosecution at court and a fine of up to £1,000.
Park users and town centre visitors are advised to approach officials or call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 should they need to raise any future concerns.
Leader of the Council Cllr Simon Robinson said the decision for the earlier closing times and extra precautions was taken with fellow park users and local residents’ safety in mind.
He said: “In recent weeks in line with the unfortunate national picture, a small but selfish minority have strewn volumes of litter and caused anti-social behaviour at these wonderful open spaces and with partners, we are now taking action to keep the community safe.
“Both sites usually close officially at 9.30pm so at Bridgford Park where we now have a 9pm closure, these revisions should not inconvenience the vast majority of visitors.
“It is of paramount importance that we protect those who always enjoy our parks and open spaces responsibly and take these steps so we can continue to keep everyone safe.
“The message remains to always bin your rubbish or take it home and be mindful to eat and drink responsibly in line with the local rules which are in place for everyone’s benefit.”
Extra temporary yellow event bins and toilets will remain in place and Streetwise teams will continue their regular clearance of bins across the park and town centre.
Toilets at the park adjacent to Al Fresco continue to be open and further temporary toilets are available in Bridgfield with extra cleaning schedules in place.
Outlets in the town that are currently licensed to serve off-sales food and drink continue to display signage at their premises reminding customers to follow the PSPO guidelines.
The Council’s Environmental Health and Licensing teams and Police are continuing unannounced high-profile visits to all licensed premises in the town to further check arrangements in line with their current licences.