Calls for Endcliffe Park to be CLOSED after huge crowds drop litter and party in Sheffield sun

There are calls for Endcliffe Park in Sheffield to be closed today as a clean-up operation had to be mounted after huge crowds gathered and left the grass covered in litter.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 9:08 am
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 9:12 am

The popular city park was packed yesterday as groups met to enjoy the spring sunshine.

But onlookers have criticised some of those who visited the park for breaching Covid rules, which currently allow a maximum of six people to meet outdoors.

The rules were relaxed on Monday as part of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

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Endcliffe Park - Credit: Alan Shirley

City residents have also expressed outrage today at the state the park was left in, with beer bottles, cans, takeaway wrappers and bags strewn across the grass.

Bins were overflowing this morning when Sheffield Council workers arrived at the park to clean up the litter.

Disappointed resident Susan Tester said: “We live in the most beautiful part of the country and this is what they do.

“They should close the park if people can’t behave themselves. I can’t believe it.”

Sheffield resident Susan Tester says Endcliffe Park should be closed to stop huge crowds gathering

John Russell added: “I’ve never seen it as bad as this. It’s like Glastonbury.

"My friend has filled four bags of rubbish, it is disgusting really.”

Jeanette Taylor added: “It’s shocking. How can they generate so much rubbish?

“It’s a public space so you can’t stop people coming but there’s no need for this is there?

Large crowds gathered in Endcliffe Park in Sheffield yesterday

“It was packed yesterday, mostly people who haven’t been vaccinated.”

It is understood that people were in the park until the early hours of this morning and there are fears of a repeat today, with more warm weather expected.

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