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Pictures: Littering in West Bridgford as huge gathering takes place until the early hours

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People gathered on Bridge Field in yesterday’s fine weather leaving a trail of waste behind them once again.

At 7 am this morning ( Sunday 21 June ) the scene on Bridge Field resembled the aftermath of an outdoor concert.

Hundreds of people had gathered on the field in West Bridgford from early afternoon, and the scenes continued until around 2 am in the morning.

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The incident is not linked to any bars or restaurants on Central Avenue, most of the litter is takeout alcohol and nitrous oxide ( laughing gas ) canisters.

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Despite recent advice from the council and local police to take litter home, a reinforcement of the PSPO ( Public Spaces Protection Order ) which doesn’t allow alcohol in outdoor public spaces and the provision of toilets and extra event bins – a minority still caused problems by leaving waster all over the field.

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A resident who lives on Edward Road told us:

‘After yet another noisy night caused by groups of people on The Bridge Field with music and shouting still heard at 2 are, I looked out this morning to see a mass of litter spread all over the field, a disgusting mess left by so many totally irresponsible people.

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‘I feel so sorry for the Streetwise team who have got to clean it all up. I cannot understand the mentality of people who bring bags of food and drink with them and then just dump it despite there being extra litter bins all over the field.

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‘I think the time has come to have the field locked at night and give us local residents some respite from this constant noise and litter nuisance.’

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A Rushcliffe Borough Council spokesperson said: “Messages in recent weeks have reiterated to park users to bin their rubbish responsibly and play their part in ensuring it can be enjoyed by everyone.

 “We know the vast majority of residents and visitors have responded positively to this, using the significant number of extra litter bins installed at the site.

 “Continued engagement with local councillors and Police have assisted a largely positive couple of weeks at the park so it’s hugely disappointing a minority have chosen to not act responsibly on this occasion.

 “The Council will continue to work with partners to assess how this issue can be alleviated.”

• West Bridgford PSPO to be enforced as visitors reminded to eat and drink responsibly by police and council

• Bridgford Park littering: Council licensing compliance teams and police visit businesses – and extra toilets installed on Bridge Field

• Video: West Bridgford residents’ outrage at ‘huge gatherings’ and litter in Bridgford Park

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