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Excessive littering; loitering; camp fires

Reported in the Parks/landscapes category anonymously at 14:00, Wednesday 13 September 2017

Sent to East Hertfordshire District Council less than a minute later

Within the parkland known as "Thorley Wedge", over the last couple of months there's a patch on the edge of one of the wooded areas which has become a meeting spot for youngsters most evenings, particularly during the summer holidays.

I recently walked past and was shocked at the sheer quantity of litter that was left across a very wide area.

What caught my eye yesterday to cause me to visit the place was some usual plastic around the trees, which turns out to be clingfilm wrapped to enclose several trees.

During the summer I also noticed camp-fires would be lit some evenings, which seemed particularly reckless given the dry weather and environment conducive to catching alight. (In hindsight I regret not reporting to the police at the time.)

I fear a clean-up -- whilst necessary -- won't disrupt the behaviour which has caused the issue in the first place. I wonder if some landscaping could also make the spot less convenient for hanging out. Or perhaps some additional patrols in coordination with PCSOs, etc.

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