Concern about smashed bottles at Parc Padarn, Llanberis

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Smashed glass bottles and litter strewn across part of a country park in Llanberis is a serious cause for concern for those seeking to enjoy the great outdoors.

This is the warning of Gwynedd Council following a recent spate of incidents at Lion Rock near Y Fachwen in which glass bottles have been smashed against rocks and boulders in a popular area which is frequently used by members of the public and which is also within the boundary of Parc Padarn in Llanberis.

 

Barry Davies, Gwynedd Council Maritime and Country Parks Officer said: “This is a real and serious cause for concern. In recent months, we have seen a significant number of instances of smashed bottles being left at the Fachwen area of Parc Padarn in Llanberis. Part of this area has been ruined by broken glass having become embedded in the ground and strewn amongst heather and grass thereby causing a hazard to users.

 

“Broken glass in this area is very dangerous as the area is a very popular location which is used almost daily by outdoor activity centres, as well as families and those looking to enjoy a leisurely walk or to enjoy the adventure of scrambling amongst the rocks at Y Fachwen. I urge those responsible to take responsibility for their litter and respect the local environment and not to take any action which can cause serious harm to members of the public and which also has significant implications on future use of the land.”

 

Councillor John Wynn Jones, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Environment added: “There is no excuse for littering, particularly so in a country park popular with young families and those looking to enjoy our wonderful local environment.

 

“The Council’s Street Enforcement Officers patrol towns and villages throughout the county, investigating complaints of environmental crimes such as these. I am grateful to the vast majority of residents who do their bit for the environment and clear up after themselves. However, I’m at a loss as to why anyone would be happy to leave their litter on public land for others to deal with, and would warn them that those who fail to take their litter home with them or place it in a suitable bin are liable to receive on the spot fines.”

 

The Council is urging anyone with information regarding this matter to contact their Maritime and Country Parks Unit on 01758 704066.