Sheffield’s Endcliffe Park left in good state after crowds flock to enjoy sunshine

The issue of revellers dumping party paraphernalia in a popular Sheffield park is improving, according to a councillor responsible for dealing with the problem.

Sunday, 18th July 2021, 3:45 pm

Used condoms, empty ‘laughing gas’ canisters and smashed beer bottles are among the items crowds of hundreds have previously left strewn across the grass at Endcliffe Park after flocking there in droves whenever the sun is out.

Several serious crimes at the park, which is popular with young families, have also been reported following huge gatherings, including a rape in March and a stabbing last summer.

But, despite the scorching sun on Saturday, Endcliffe Park was spotless on Sunday morning.

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Cllr Mohammed on a litter pick with volunteers.

Lib Dem councillor Shaffaq Mohammed, who represents the Ecclesall ward, said more bins and regular litter picks by councillors and volunteers from the Friends of the Porter Valley group is doing the trick.

“I was there earlier this week and it has been quite good,” he told The Star.

"What happened when we had the first lockdown and people turning up en masse was beyond what we expected.

Endcliffe Park on Sunday morning.

"After that we have been able to cope a lot better. Most of the time people have been quite good.”

A weekend team visit the park first thing on Saturdays and Sundays to empty bins and clear up waste, cllr Mohammed said.

More pop-up bins have come at minimal cost, too, he added.

Local residents previously called for Endcliffe Park to be shut after a huge clean-up operation was needed in March following an all-night party.

Meanwhile, a woman reported catching a man performing a sex act in the park on Thursday while she was walking her dog.