We were all thrilled to have some brilliant weather for the bank holiday weekend, but sadly, as you can see below, the surge in visitors to Crystal Palace Park left the council’s cleaning contractors (ID Verde) with a large mess on their hands!
Many residents visiting the park contacted us about the mounds of litter, with over-flowing bins around the park, rubbish including left over food and glass strewn across the greens and disposable barbecues damaging the grass.
While some residents noted the hard work of park staff, others have been told by IDVerde that the current contract and specific issues with staffing do not allow for extra or larger bins and staffing needed for busy periods such as last weekend.
Bromley Labour Group Leader and Crystal Palace councillor Angela Wilkins contacted the council executive member responsible for the Environment, noting that this is not the first time the park has seen such issues, asking for a copy of the contract to confirm what standards are required by IDVerde and noting that, with the contract coming up for renewal, she has heard that IDVerde may be reluctant to put in a bid that would solve these problems out of fear the Council will reject them for a cheaper offer. (See in full below)
We await his reply and will update with his response. We continue to raise litter issues reported to us and will be working to ensure any new contract will ensure sufficient resources to keep the park clean and open for families and all residents to enjoy.