LITTER and dog mess in Solihull parks and open spaces have reached ‘appalling’ levels as lockdown eases, the council’s leader says.
Councillor Ian Courts is now pleading with residents to take their litter home with them.
The borough has experienced an increase in littering over recent weekends, the council says.
It comes as restrictions eased further from yesterday (Monday) to allow up to six people from separate households to gather – if they abide by the two-metre social distancing rule.
Solihull Council said: “The changes to guidance over park use has resulted in many parks and outdoor spaces throughout the country becoming incredibly popular and well used.
“While most people visiting parks have behaved responsibly, many people have left behind picnic waste and litter.”
Leader of Solihull Council, Cllr Ian Courts, said: “The pictures we have seen in our papers of beaches and beauty spots spoiled by thoughtless visitors have sadly been mirrored by a minority of Solihull residents in our own beautiful parks.
“have been really appalled by the number of complaints I have received about litter and dog mess.
“We have increased our litter pick teams and are emptying park bins more frequently, but I really need residents to help by not leaving rubbish behind in the first place.
“When you picnic with friends and relatives, pack a bag to clear up your mess with (and bags for your dog mess too) and take it all home if the bins are full.
“With so many places still closed, our parks are very much a refuge, places to unwind, take exercise and relax. Leaving rubbish behind is a health issue, causes extra work and ruins it for everyone else. Please respect the social distancing guidelines and respect our beautiful open spaces so that we can all enjoy them.”