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."