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Cambridge City Council

Littering on Midsummer Common following opening of Midsummer Fair

23 June 2022

In response to an enquiry from the media today we issued the following statement:

Preparation for Midsummer Fair, extra litter bins, increased litter picking and additional temporary toilets on Midsummer Common are being provided, plus extra cleaning of the permanent toilets on Jesus Green and Midsummer Common.

This morning, Thursday 23 June, the Streets and Open Spaces Team were at Midsummer Common, supporting the Showmen’s Guild in conducting a clean-up following litter being left behind following the opening event on Wednesday 22 June.

A council spokesperson said: “The fair was very busy last night and the council helped the Showmen’s Guild to clear up as quickly as possible this morning. The litter has been removed and we would remind people that littering is a crime.

“We remind fairgoers to please act responsibly and dispose of their rubbish in the bins provided or take rubbish home with them. We have put extra bins in place for Midsummer Fair. The council can issue a £150 fixed penalty notice to anybody caught dropping litter in the parks and streets of Cambridge.”

Further information on the event and measures that have put in place to support visitors and residents can be found here.

The executive councillor leading on this matter is Cllr Alex Collis, (Labour) Executive Councillor for Open Spaces, Food Justice and Community Development. Spokespersons from the other political groups on this issue are Cllr Cheney Payne (Liberal Democrat) and Cllr Hannah Copley (Green/Independent Group)