Gosh, it’s hot!

But, please avoid crowded outdoor spaces and take your litter home


Piles of rubbish left besides the overflowing litter bins at Grantchester Meadows – if bins are full, please take your waste home.

By Peter Mann

With the lockdown easing and temperatures rising, it’s a perfect excuse to get out and meet family and friends…

…but, urges South Cambs District Council, do ensure you follow social distancing rules (2m until 4th July when it becomes 1m+) – and take your litter home.

Piles of rubbish left besides the overflowing litter bins  at Grantchester Meadows – if bins are full, please take your waste home.

Piles of rubbish left by overflowing litter bins at Grantchester Meadows – if bins are full, please take your waste home.

This follows reports of large gatherings during recent weekends – including at Grantchester Meadows where a cow suffered a terrible death after trying to eat a plastic bag which became lodged in its windpipe.

It is an offence to drop litter on land or into water which is accessible to the public, even if it’s private land, for example a right of way.

Offenders can be prosecuted in a magistrates’ court and fined up to £2,500.  Litter droppers can get a fixed penalty notice of £150.

Heather Williams, our District Councillor, said: “While it’s understandable residents are keen to explore the wonderful South Cambs countryside we are so lucky to have around us, it is incredibly important people still stick to the guidelines around social distancing and be responsible citizens in ensuring litter is deposited safely and appropriately.

“Not disposing of rubbish correctly not only looks unsightly but can kill animals, such as the young cow which ate a plastic bag.

“If a bin is full, please take your waste home and put it in your own bin.  Do not drop it in the countryside – it can have terrible consequences.”

Sergeant Kevin Misik from Cambridgeshire Police added: “We will continue to patrol the county’s green spaces where we are now more likely to see groups of people gathering.

“We’ll continue to engage, explain and encourage people to adhere to the latest restrictions and where necessary, if people are gathering in groups larger than six and failing to disperse, we will issue fixed penalty notices.  We will take action against those we see littering.”

The countryside around Hatley

Of course, you don’t need to go to Grantchester Meadows if you want to enjoy our countryside – Hatley is surrounded by it!

You can find ideas for walks and rides on our ‘Countryside around Hatley‘ page.

Post created 25th June 2020.