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School Lane Playing Fields Car Park - CLOSED until further notice

Birstall Parish Council have taken the decision to close the car park onto School Lane playing fields from today, 1 June 2020 until further notice.

The three pedestrian entrances on School Lane, Loughborough Road and Sibson Road will remain open for the time being.

The reasons for taking this decision is to address the Anti-Social Behaviour being reported to the Parish Council on social media, by residents, the Police, and their own staff upon arrival to work, it is also hoped that this will reduce the amount of litter and debris being left behind by people using the playing fields. More »

It has been reported to the Parish Council that the car park is full at 9:15 pm by people who are racing their cars in and out, constantly revving engines, shouting and playing loud music, all of which is causing a noise disturbance for neighbours and concerns from the Police who are being called out to deal with the situation.

Reports have been received of an assault on the playing fields and that the Police are investigating this along with the theft of two bicycles on Sunday, 31 May 2020.

This is just all getting out of hand and the Parish Council feel that they need to put some measures in place to address the situation, to give support to neighbours, residents and the Police.

The Parish Council hope that by closing the car park it will reduce the amount of litter and debris being left behind, such as garden furniture, BBQ's (which are banned) and tents.

The litter which is being left behind is out of control, Monday, 1 June 2020 at 6:30am the Estates Team began to litter pick just one of the Parish Council's playing fields, by 10am (3 ½ hours and 40 bags of rubbish later) only half of the playing fields have been cleared, the protective fencing around the play equipment has been destroyed and CCTV footage shows all of the play equipment being used.

The Government guidelines on play equipment, outdoor gym equipment and playgrounds is still in place and they are still out of bounds.

The fences were put there for your own protection.

The Parish Council realise that this may be inconvenient for some but feel they need to put some measures in place and hope that it calms things down for us all and make the area a safer place for you to enjoy and for us to work.

The Parish Council retain right to close the whole area if they feel that some members of the public are not adhering to the Government guidelines and are putting others in danger. » Less

Posted: Mon, 01 Jun 2020 11:50 by Sue Coulson

Harrowgate Drive Playing Fields, Enclosed Play Areas & Grounds Maintenance

The Parish Council are pleased to inform you that Harrowgate Drive Playing Fields have now been made safe by locking off the enclosed toddlers play area and have fenced off the play equipment. Please respect these measures they are in place to protect you and your children by reducing the risk of transmitting the Coronavirus disease.

The Playing fields will be opened at 11am each morning to enable any maintenance work required by the Parish Council staff to take place before members of the public are present, this is a safety measure to protect you and our staff. They gates will be locked at 8pm, again in line with other restrictions on other playing fields. More »

We hope this news will be of benefit to the residents in the area, however, should you have any concerns about people not social distancing or causing a nuisance to other users please telephone the Police on 101 to report any Anti Social Behaviour. » Less

Posted: Thu, 28 May 2020 09:25 by Sue Coulson

Birstall Sports Grounds and Playing Fields

Due to certain restrictions being lifted by the Government, the Parish Council have opened Meadow Lane playing fields today, Wednesday, 13 May 2020. The enclosed toddlers area will remain closed and the youth shelter has been cordoned off and is temporarily out of use.

School Lane Playing Fields are being prepared now and the two entrances on School Lane will be open on Thursday, 14 May 2020.

The Loughborough Road entrance and the Sibson Road car park entrance will remain closed to retain safe control for maintenance works during the closure hours. More »

The School Lane playing fields will be open to the public daily between from 11:00am and will be locked at 8pm.

All of the play equipment, the enclosed toddlers play area, the youth shelter and the outdoor gym equipment have been fenced off and are not to be used.

Information notices have been placed in both areas for members of the public to read.

CCTV will monitor this area. The Parish Council retain the right to close these areas should the Governments advice on social distancing measures is not being adhered to and also to react to any changes that the Government decide to make. » Less

Posted: Wed, 13 May 2020 13:05 by Sue Coulson

Coronavirus Pandemic

Dear Residents of Birstall Parish Council would like to express their gratitude to all those community members who are involved in setting up help lines for residents who are housebound or vulnerable. These are very difficult times and our local community spirit is something to be proud of. Birstall Parish Council is following the latest Government instructions and give you all the following information:

  1. The Parish Council offices are closed from today. The staff who can, will be working from home.
  • Communication should be by telephone or email and we will do our best to offer what help and guidance we can. to speak to the Clerk, the number to call is: 07885 455 589 and you can email her on:
  • All Council owned playing fields and play areas are closed to prevent group gatherings and to promote the Governments advice on social distancing.
  • The Council's three allotment sites remain open to Tenants. No new tenancies will be given until the lockdown restrictions have been lifted. A waiting list is being held. Notices have been posted on the gates to the sites as per guidance from the National Allotment Society.
  • The Cemetery remains open but is being monitored.

We offer our best wishes to all members of our community, particularly, those who are isolated, vulnerable or suffering from the virus.

The Parish Council is not immune and several staff and Councillors are currently affected, with a large number of Councillors in vulnerable groups.

Please stay as safe as you can by staying at home and we will get through this unprecedented situation together.

Cllr Ann Marshall
Chair of Birstall Parish Council