Enjoy summer responsibly campaign urges

Published Friday 9 July 2021

It’s not just the Euro 2021 final we have to look forward to this weekend but, with many schools breaking up for the holidays, it feels like summertime is here.

Safer summer parks

This week also sees the launch of our Safer Summer campaign – a Countywide initiative that takes place over the summer months, involving Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Leicestershire Police, Harborough District Council, and other key agencies – which provides advice on enjoying the summer safely and having respect and tolerance.

Whilst the warmer weather, and lifting of coronavirus restrictions, is likely to result in an increase in complaints about loud music and anti-social behaviour, the Safer Summer 2021 campaign calls for consideration of neighbours, and tolerance if people are holding one-off events.

It also urges people to think about those using parks and green spaces after them, and to take rubbish home or dispose of in the bins provided.

Cllr Simon Whelband, Harborough District Council’s Cabinet lead for Communities and Wellbeing said: “This summer feels different, with the lifting of final Covid restrictions on how we can be sociable, travel looking more likely, and the football Euro championships coming home, it certainly feels like a summer we know people are looking forward to celebrating. We want all our residents to have a great, safe and enjoyable summer after such a difficult year, but we ask that people are considerate and respect people in their locality, and that, in return, people are tolerant of those meeting for one-off occasions.”

Please remember:

  • Keep noise levels to a minimum and respect those around you
  • Extinguish barbecues after use
  • Keep your house and belongings secure when away from home
  • If by open water consider how to enjoy open water swimming safely
  • If enjoying a night out with friends, think about how to get home safely and know your limits

Look out for the hashtag #SaferSummer on social media.

To report anti-social behaviour within the Harborough district call Leicestershire Police on 101, or contact your neighbourhood police team or the Community Safety Team by emailing communitysafety@harborough.gov.uk

Safer Summer socialising in gardens