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.

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.

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

Tags: Coronavirus, Health & Safety, Play Equipment