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Football Pitches Set For Housing Mowed For Final Time

Friday March 8 2013

FOOTBALL pitches controversially identified for housing use are to be mowed by the council for the final time.

The playing fields across from the former Longbow pub on Barnsley Road in Darfield were identified for housing land by the council last summer.

The fields were formerly owned and maintained by Darfield Foulstone but since the school was closed in July, responsibility passed to the council's estates department.

But at a public meeting last week, Cllr Brian Key announced the grass would be cut by the council for the final time this month, at a cost of £800.

In respect of the football teams who use the field, however, he said: "Either they cut it themselves or they go down to Netherwood school to play. It wouldn't be fair to everyone else to continue to pay for it to be cut when not everyone uses it."

Darfield JFC has used the field for more than 20 years and has hundreds of children playing in teams ranging from under-sixes to under 16s.

Manager Andy Lowe said that, as a voluntary organisation, it would not be possible for the team to regularly pay for the cutting of the grass. He said: "If it's going to come down to the club, it's a massive burden financially, so there's no chance we would be able to do that."

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Reply Posted by si on Friday March 8 2013 at 12:20
i would be happy to look into more cost effective ways of keeping the pitches maintained, i played for a season as a juior at longbow and also played on there for my school team when away against foulstone so deffinitly think its worth being looked after

Reply Posted by Jackie on Saturday March 9 2013 at 03:09
It has to be worth looking at Si, at least you are being positive not just moaning

Reply Posted by Bob on Friday March 8 2013 at 12:56
You bet that the acres f fields that are used by no one will just be left and that th fields that any councillors children use will be kept safe discusting

Reply Posted by Wendy on Friday March 8 2013 at 13:08
Olympic legacy, paralympic legacy ? Nah not for Darfield - disgusted - leave it to rot , villagers cry out for "something to be done " - I know we will build houses on it - after all we intended to do this all along !!!!!

Reply Posted by me on Friday March 8 2013 at 18:04
Instead of houses why not build a veda stile sports complex get kids off streets with cheap sports programes like football boxing and athletics plus it will genarate much needed jobs

Reply Posted by jackie on Saturday March 9 2013 at 03:07
Because the country is broke and we can't afford to run them, and not enough people use them and pay enough for the privilege to keep them up and running.

Reply Posted by Red Optimist on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 23:10
Perhaps 'me' wants to finance it. Why does he expect others to put their hand in their pocket, while he sits on the sidelines doing nothing.

Reply Posted by rob on Saturday March 9 2013 at 10:54
How can it cost £800, how big are these fields? At minimum wage and working a 40 hour week someone could be paid for 3.25 weeks to reach £800. It can't possibly take that long, could probably do it with a flymo in that time. Council spouting rubbish so it becomes overgrown and then people will be glad for houses to come along, council think people are daft.

Reply Posted by Timm on Monday March 11 2013 at 23:00
Rob, lot of sense in what you say...On a positive note could a ride on mower be bought by the club and some one volunteer to do it? good cause there, ill donate 1st £10.00 if that's the route!

Reply Posted by raibow on Tuesday March 12 2013 at 12:05
ROB is spot on, a council spokesperson has just announced it costs £5 to empty a town centre litter bin.???? There's no wonder were in financial trouble when our councillors can't see how much the tax payers are being ripped off ??? Strange though there's always enough money for Town Hall fountains..???

Reply Posted by Diane on Thursday March 14 2013 at 08:54
Are the council colour blind? Last time I looked, Longbow was a GREEN field. Have we used up all of the BROWN field sites now, then? Have we filled all of the EMPTY houses? Or is this where a load of ONE-bedroomed homes are going to be built so residents have somewhere to go as an alternative to being forced to pay the bedroom tax? And has the faultline in Darfield miraculously repaired itself? Earmark the land for housing no-one can afford to build or buy, don't maintain it, then watch the rats move in when the site gets derelict. Good health and safety all around, there, Barnsley MBC. Good work!

Reply Posted by Diane on Thursday March 14 2013 at 09:02
Our church school was demolished 8 years ago to make way for housing. An ancient bat protection order was overturned so the old stone buiilding could be knocked down. The land has remained unbuilt on and is now derelict and overgrown. Finish the housing projects already started before starting new ones. And don't use it as an excuse not to mow the grass or empty the bins.

Reply Posted by si on Thursday March 14 2013 at 09:14
im happy to arrange a meeting to look at possibility of private ownership of the area

Reply Posted by Diane on Thursday March 14 2013 at 09:57
Oh, and what about the old Darfield Foulstone school site? What are they doing with that? Building *more* houses? Or will that site be left to rot too? And if they are building one-bedroomed houses for folk to move into, what will happen to the houses they vacate that no-one can afford to move into? Beggars the question, has this really been thought through? You know, by the people paid to think it through?

When's the next public meeting? I'd love to attend ...

Reply Posted by Craig on Thursday March 14 2013 at 09:57
It's a joke I'm not from darfield but I pass it regular to go to and from work and see hundreds of ppl using them fields why take it away from the kids and why build houses and spoil the area. This council and government r a joke. Why don't the bulldoze town hall and other council office that house divys that think up these stupid ideas and build houses there just saing

Reply Posted by Red Optimist on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 23:13
Craig, this matter has nothing to do with the government, you should be directing your anger at Barnsley council.

Reply Posted by Jude on Thursday March 14 2013 at 10:01
My son plays football for another team and the club owns it's own sit on lawn mower. One person volunteers his own time every week to cut the football fields (there are 4) and he does this alone. Shame there aren't more people willing to give up their time for future generations and sometimes even our own children in order to keep them off the streets and keep them active. There is not enough of a sense of community spirit in society anymore. Everyone only ever looks after himself.

Reply Posted by daina on Sunday May 19 2013 at 09:25
Why not build a skatepark for kids to hang out on their scooters, bikes, skateboards. Because the nearest skatepark is in ardsley and that is quite far away.

Reply Posted by Brian on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 23:15
Yes, it's a long way away; it's the neighbouring village!

Reply Posted by amanda on Sunday May 19 2013 at 09:33
Yes they should build a skatepark so then the children wouldnt be all around the streets wandering around.

Reply Posted by aaron on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 11:23
i disagree because longbo is a playing field for people in darfield area and for football league and other activertys

Reply Posted by will wood on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 22:23
I'm keen to hold am event on there and would be happy to pay the bill every year.. If amyone from the football teams or knows any1 pass this message onto them..!

Reply Posted by Jon Dale on Thursday May 15 2014 at 10:21
Hi. I help run the football club there (Darfield JFC) and as some of you might have noticed we're doing our best to keep the pitch areas cut using a ride on mower. We could do with help though so if any of you are serious about lending a hand please get in touch. Any help appreciated from doing the cutting to maintaining the mower/sharpening blades etc... email jdale@darfieldjfc.co.uk - Thanks