Guardians protect Chesterfield park

Meredith Ezard and Inspector Russell Dakin
Meredith Ezard and Inspector Russell Dakin
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Visitors to a Chesterfield park are being urged to sign up to a new scheme aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

Derbyshire Police and Chesterfield Council have launched a ‘Park Guardian Scheme’ in Queen’s Park, off Boythorpe Road, in Chesterfield, to encourage regular users to become park guardians and report issues.

Meredith Ezard and Inspector Russell Dakin

Meredith Ezard and Inspector Russell Dakin

The authorities want to hear about criminal damage, graffiti, fly tipping and dog fouling.

Officers from the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership visited the park to officially launch the scheme.

Students from the public services course at Chesterfield College were among the first to become guardians.

Meredith Ezard from Chesterfield Borough Council said: “The aim of the scheme is to improve Queen’s Park and make it a better place for the community to use by tackling any issues of anti-social behaviour, criminal damage, graffiti and dog related incidents.

“The scheme will also help us to protect the historical value of the park and by making it a cleaner safer place for all. We are calling on local residents to help us by taking ownership of the park and making a difference.”

Community Safety Inspector, Russell Dakin, added: “This is a fantastic scheme and I am really looking forward to seeing what a difference we can all make by working together and taking ownership of our local park.

“The summer months can often bring more calls for service around anti-social behaviour, so by encouraging park users to reports any issues such as this to police or council, we can help to keep the park and safe, clean and enjoyable place to visit.”