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Mill Hill Liberal Democrats clean up Mill Hill Park litter blackspots

April 4, 2017 9:13 AM

Daws Lane clean upThe Mill Hill Liberal Democrats took Spring cleaning to the local park this weekend to make safe the popular playground and preservation area and to highlight the problem of park and street cleaning in Barnet.

Mill Hill playground, preservation area and the surrounding Daws Lane pathways were cleared with a variety of hazardous materials including broken glass, used nappies and laughing gas canisters found.

Highlighting the importance of cleanliness Alasdair Hill, leading Lib Dem campaigner in Mill Hill stressed the need for, "frequent park monitoring and cleaning to protect the safety of all users, particularly children."

Since 2009 the number of parks rated as Excellent using the Green Flag standards have dropped by 80% according to Barnet Council's own Open Spaces Strategy Report in 2016.

Alasdair Hill continues, "in Mill Hill Park, bins are left full resulting in litter being thrown on the ground or blowing out of the overfilled bins. Added to that the fact that excessive dead leaves and unkempt road sidings capture waste and encourage littering leads to an unimpressive and unhealthy local environment."

In combating littering Alasdair Hill adds, "A clean community is good for the environment and good for our community self-esteem. The Mill Hill Liberal Democrats will bring back Neighbourhood Skips to discourage fly-tipping and ensure dedicated park staff are returned to our parks to make them the clean and proud local places of recreation they should be."

ENDS

Barnet Open Spaces Strategy 2016-2026