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Litter-strewn land to be cleared

Litter-strewn land to be cleared

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 8:48am 4th February 2015. (Updated at 2:20pm 4th February 2015)

Residents in part of Harrogate have raised concerns after strong winds left broken glass, plastic and beer cans strewn over a grassed area often used by children.

One parent contacted Stray FM after he reported the problem to the council, only to be told that it was up to residents to clear the rubbish.

Dave Burns, whose children pass the communal area off Newby Crescent on their way to school, said: "It just makes me really angry. It's a public area that is maintained by the council with their grass cutters and they just rubbed their hands of it.

"If it had been outside Betty's, down at the bottom of Montpellier, you can bet your bottom dollar it would have been cleared by the end of the day."

Harrogate Borough Council has told Stray FM that arrangements have been made to tidy the area and says it takes every call received extremely seriously.

It released the following statement: "The caller this morning chose not to wait to speak to a senior member of staff regarding their concerns about littering on land off Harewood Road and Newby Crescent, so unfortunately we were not able to explain the actions we would be taking.

"Generally private landowners are responsible for both the maintenance and containment of waste on their land, while the council deals with littering on public land, such as highways and pavements.

"In this instance the land is managed by more than one owner.

"On being notified of the issue, a member of our operational team visited the area to ascertain the extent of the problem and we have made arrangements to tidy the general location.

"We will also be talking to the various landowners involved to minimise the risk of this matter reoccurring.

"Our waste and recycling team has a difficult job to do when there are windy conditions, so we would ask residents to assist us by safely containing their recycling in their boxes and bags, thereby reducing the possibility of littering occurring."

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