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Council try to curb water park issues

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 22, 2014

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COUNCIL chiefs are urging people to report ‘unacceptable’ behaviour that is currently on the rise at a popular East Staffordshire beauty spot.

Members of the public contacted the Mail about several issues that have started to become commonplace at Branston Water Park – despite being outlawed by bosses at East Staffordshire Borough Council.

Several complaints revolved around people openly drinking only yards from a play area for children and others enjoying barbecues despite not being allowed to do so due to rules in place at the popular site.

Now, council bosses have moved to remind people that drinking and organising barbecues is not allowed in the area and they are urging members of the public to report any incidents that they witness.

A spokesman for the borough council said: “We encourage everyone to make use of the facilities at Branston Water Park in a safe and considerate manner whilst respecting the environment and other park users. Fire risks posed through inconsiderate barbecues should be reported to the fire service and rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour through drinking to Staffordshire Police.”

Anyone who would like to report an incident is urged to call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Recently, the Mail reported how angling baliff John Anderson had to be taken to hospital after being attacked by poachers at the water park.

The site has also had issues with antisocial behaviour in the past after large groups started to congregate at night.

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