OVERFLOWING bins, empty drinks bottles and discarded takeaways were left behind at tourist hot spots – after the area was hit with hordes of visitors over the bank holiday weekend.
The recent warm weather saw a surge in the number of people enjoying the sunshine in Bakewell and Matlock Bath.
But piles of rubbish were left behind, creating an eyesore and bumper clean-up patrols had to be drafted in by Derbyshire Dales District Council.
Council bosses are now set to put in place measures to deal with an anticipated surge of visitors this weekend and for future bank holidays.
Denis Mooney, who lives in Riverside in Bakewell, said: “A number of residents are very unhappy about the rubbish.
“I think it is horrific as if you look at any advertising material for the Derbyshire Dales you will always find Bakewell is promoted.
“It is incredible that we allow it to get in to that state when it is such an iconic place for the area.”
Judith Twigg, of the Avenue in Bakewell, who is running for election on Derbyshire Dales District Council election, added: “It is normally busy on bank holidays but because we’ve got two bank holidays together all the guest houses and camp sites are full.
“I think people come to Bakewell spend money and then leave their litter. We are becoming a very scruffy society.”
Despite extra bins being provided and clean-up staff working over time litter piled up across the area and was left spilling in to the streets.
Peter Foley, director of community services at the district council, said: “I am conscious that we have a number of Bank Holiday Mondays coming up and so I will ask the supervisor from the market to put things in place so that the bins can be checked and emptied later if necessary.”
Mr Foley said staff had done an excellent job to clear the piles of rubbish in Bakewell, Matlock Bath and our other busy market towns.
He added: “We do have hot spots where we get lots and lots of tourists. Staff start early in the morning and concentrate on the busy areas first so the problem is usually solved very quickly. Ninety-seven per cent of our streets are litter free.
“I think we do need to encourage people to use the bins. It is difficult if the bin is overflowing but what people should do ideally is try and find a another bin nearby but I appreciate that is not always possible.”
The council has arranged for bins in Riverside to be emptied more frequently and later on Saturdays and Sundays to try and try and avoid problems in the future.