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Teams Free To Use Fields If They Pay For Upkeep

Tuesday April 23 2013


Cllr Markham Cllr Markham


A COUNCILLOR has said that football teams are free to use the 'Longbow fields' - but will have to cut the grass themselves.

Darfield Cllr Pauline Markham told a public meeting on Wednesday she had spoken with principal of Netherwood school Toby Eastaugh on the issue as the fields were formerly looked after by Foulstone school.

She said they had spoken about allowing Darfield teams using the the new school's synthetic grass pitches but these were too few to accommodate the teams.

She added Mr Eastaugh had offered to adapt the school's rugby pitches to allow football teams to use them as Netherwood was not responsible for the Longbow fields.

The fields had been marked for 'low density housing' in the council's draft local development framework but Cllr Markham said they were safe for now.

"I've found out there's been no bids put in to buy the fields so all the football teams can carry on using them at least for this season, as long as they've got a plan that they can come up in for cutting it because we can't fund it any more," she said.

"One way they're wanting to do it is by raising enough money to buy a sit-on lawnmower. If they can do that, they can carry on using the football fields for the foreseeable future."

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Reply Posted by andy on Friday April 26 2013 at 16:31
destroy every thing who giz a toss anymore. close this close that. thats all we ever here. what a coutry this as become. so long as our so called councillors line there own pockets they dont care. we cant fund it my backside. ope it becomes 1 big dump it site. gypsy camp top side as well. kid will love it. knock parliment down tarn all darn with all pocket lined do gooders in it.

Reply Posted by Abe on Sunday April 28 2013 at 12:09
it's funny how the council seems to find nearly £1m to fund councillors expenses out of their annual budget, and fund brand new office blocks purely for council use out of their annual budget, and fund bloody southern architects to come up with plans to build a halo over the town to turn it into a Tuscan hill village, but can't seems to find the money to cut some bloody grass.....Find the funds to buy ME a big ride on lawnmower and i'll do it

Reply Posted by Abe on Sunday April 28 2013 at 12:16
Councillor Markham, may i respectfully suggest that you stop ''towing the party line'' and represent the people who voted you into your position.

Reply Posted by Abe on Sunday April 28 2013 at 12:16
Councillor Markham, may i respectfully suggest that you stop ''towing the party line'' and represent the people who voted you into your position.

Reply Posted by Scott Skirrow on Sunday April 28 2013 at 17:42
Is this woman a bit brain dead or what..... Its not quite as simple as just buying a ride on mower and cutting the grass... There is loads of red tape in the way... You need correct public liability insurance for cutting the field. For the insurance to be valid you will need an NPTC qualification to show operator competence... Then a proper site specific risk assessment has to be put into place.... Will the council be willing to pay out if any injury occurs. Erm,, I think not.. Oh, the council are the foirst one sto come around knocking on your door if you garden gets overgrown and in a state... Its in the tenancy agreement that you MUST maintain it or you could potentially face eviction for breaking this tenancy agreement.. But when it comes to the council neglecting its own property, thats just fine.. They should it their own words and stop lining their own pockets withthe savings....