A public recreation ground is being ruined by litter left by a number of youngsters who hang around the park at night, residents claim.
They say the Whitemoor Recreation Ground, on Whitemoor Lane in Belper, is covered in rubbish most mornings left by youths who use the area near to the play park and bowling green.
The council is then forced to clean the area regularly, costing local taxpayers money unnecessarily.
Resident Andy Brown, who lives near to the park and walks through it regularly, said: “I have no problem with them hanging out there.
“My issue is with them spoiling the recreation ground for others to enjoy. They just need to show some respect for their town and not leave rubbish.
“They do not seem to cause any problem apart from the amount of litter that is left.
“The amount of rubbish on the fenced play area has put me off taking my granddaughter there in the morning.”
Simon Gladwin, assistant director for landscape services for Amber Valley Borough Council, said: “Most mornings our Street Scene Team is faced with clearing a considerable amount of litter at Whitemoor Recreation Ground, but unfortunately this is a familiar problem across most of our main parks and recreation grounds.
“Litter is unsightly and blights the environment.
“The borough council would therefore ask that people either use the litter bins provided or take their litter home.
“Those found to be littering may be subject to a Fixed Penalty Notice, or in more serious cases may face prosecution.”