Chesterfield Borough Council is working with partners to tackle anti-social behaviour in the borough’s parks.
Through the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership, the council is working with police and Derbyshire County Council following reports from local residents of nuisance behaviour in Queen’s Park and Eastwood Park, Hasland.
The council recently issued its first Community Protection Notice using powers gained under the recently introduced Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act.
These are issued to people for offences including littering, noise pollution and criminal damage in the parks. If the notice is breached, officers can issue a fixed penalty notice for £70 or take the offender to court.
Alternatively, officers can issue anti-social behaviour warning letters. If these are breached, this will be dealt with by the police or the council.
Extra patrols by police and council staff have been arranged over the summer holiday period.
Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "We are proud of our award-winning parks in Chesterfield but, unfortunately, there is a small minority of people who will choose to congregate in the parks and behave in a way which is intimidating for other park users and local residents.
"We take this very seriously and we are working with the police and other partners to tackle this."
Anyone who sees any anti-social behaviour in the parks should report it to Derbyshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number, 101.