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Parks to become smoke-free

Wednesday August 24 2016

Locke Park Locke Park

TWO popular parks are set to become smoke-free under new plans by the council. 

Locke Park and Elsecar Park will be the first of a number of play parks to become smoke-free alongside the introduction of town centre zones, hospital grounds and school gates and entrances, following consultation with the public.

The smoke-free zones will be managed through a voluntary code and there will be no enforcement action.

Council bosses gave the go ahead to smoke-free proposals last month, after receiving a report from senior public health officers recommending the introduction of smoke-free zones. 

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Reply Posted by Anon on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 09:58
So people get banned from smoking in pubs etc so the people stop going out etc people can go sit out kn the open in locke park with the kids havd a picnic and stuff spend day there doing this will stop familys doing this in my opinion

Reply Posted by Annie on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 13:54
At some point people might think it's more important to have a couple of hours out with their kids than sitting at home getting their nicotine and polluting the air that their children breathe.

Reply Posted by Anthony Cook on Wednesday September 14 2016 at 22:07
Yeah take them to the park so the can get polluted anyway, by all the damn traffic there is. I dont see no-one ******* and moaning about what that does to the kids....And the toxins they breathe in everyday. Why should smokers be bullied into not smoking in public places, "OPEN AIR" places i might add. Where the smoke floats away....So what is it hurting anyone if smokers smoke outside?

Reply Posted by Anon on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 09:58
And im a non smoker too many rights been took away

Reply Posted by Mr Anthony Cook on Wednesday September 14 2016 at 21:51
Just heard about this Ann, today And yes there are too many rights getting taken away. I have lived in Barnsley for 46 years, and i have been smoking Since i was 16. I went to Locke Park as a child playing and laughing....And To make a point of this....It's in open air. FOR 1 And for another. It's a slap in the face for human rights. We have the right to choose whether we smoke, or whether we don't. And I for 1 CHOOSE to smoke. And I have been up to lock park many a time to think and gather my thoughts and take in the magnificent Views it has. AND I type this in Capitals. To make myself Clear...'I WILL NOT BE STOPPING SMOKING IN LOCKE PARK, OR ANY OTHER PARK OR OPEN AIR AREA. THAT INCLUDES THE TOWN CENTRE. And, any papers that want to print that then they are more than welcome to. Time to make a stand for BARNSLEY! And the human rights we should have. "SMOKERS BE FREE"!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Resident on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 10:04
From the article, not the headline sadly, it seems that the smoke free zone will be only the play area. Who could disagree with that?

Reply Posted by Annie on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 13:37
There is no reason on earth that people should bring children to the play area and smoke. if you can't stop yourself from smoking in the hour that your child is in the play area, then you are an addict. If you can't keep your smoking away from your own children, then keep it away from mine. You need to go to the GP about your addiction, and take your children with you while you're at it, about their asthma, allergies and lung health.

Reply Posted by Xyz on Monday August 29 2016 at 14:40
Sadly,'Resident', quite a lot of people seem to disagree. They have children, they have cigs,they can smoke their cigs and be with their kids in the same place, in an outdoor play space, and everybody is happy. Nobody can tell them what to do, they have lost so many rights under the EU.....My heart bleeds for them.

Reply Posted by Guy fawkes on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 10:07
If not smoking stops people from going out as families then I feel sorry for the kids that miss out due to a selfish parent that can't go a few hours without lighting up. It won't kill you. But to some it's unpleasant. I'm an ex smoker so it doesn't bother me but I know non-smokers that it does,

Reply Posted by Anthony Cook on Wednesday September 14 2016 at 22:36
And what about the selfish government, and council that just want to take what little rights we have away?!!! Ever thought of that?

Reply Posted by B on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 10:08
I agree with this and I'm a smoker. I hate when I go to the park with my four year old when there's tab ends all over the floor where the kids are meant to play. Takes two seconds to throw it in a bin or wrap in some tissue for when you're passing a bin.

Reply Posted by Bob Darn on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 10:25
How about rather than wasting money on non events BMBC take their heads from their harris and actually find ideas that will help develop the town into a vibrant market town it should be not the current disaster it is.
Start by knocking that Mayor of South Yorkshire lark on the head and kick your business development team up the trumpet.

Reply Posted by the grim reaper on Thursday August 25 2016 at 11:36
Makes sense to me , a darn good thrashing for these anonymous grey suited people would also be a good idea i say

Reply Posted by Anthony Cook on Wednesday September 14 2016 at 22:35
Well Said Bob.

Reply Posted by anom on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 11:12
well i for one will smoke in Locke park when Joseph Locke died he left the park to the people of barnsley not the council they just maintain it they cant enforce no smoking free zone as potentially they dont own the land the people of barnsley do

Reply Posted by Hilary on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 11:52
Well "anom " using your logic as a Barnsley resident and owner of the park,I'd rather people didn't smoke in the park. Hope they catch you and heavily fine you. You deserve it.

Reply Posted by Anthony Cook on Wednesday September 14 2016 at 23:06
Then i will be getting fined with him Hilary. But i wont be paying it. And i am sure there will be a few thousand others joining us, by the time I'm done. There is NO-ONE is going to stop me from smoking in the FREE AIR.

Reply Posted by Jim on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 11:35
This will stop me just as much as it does on hospital grounds. Not at all...

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Sunday August 28 2016 at 21:31
Then you are a fool sir , you shall reap what you sow.

Reply Posted by Lee on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 11:44
Looks classy everytime you drive past the hospital and the brown teeth brigade are puffing away
Looks like stars in their eyes when the doors open

Reply Posted by Gavelar on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 12:07
Beggars belief doesn't it - in hospital for health reasons and can't wait to get outdoors to actively work against their bodies in pj's and dressing gowns.

I've heard smoking is great for infections.

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Sunday August 28 2016 at 21:32
All at the expense of the tax payer , FOOLS THESE INHALERS OF THE VILE WEED MUST BE.

Reply Posted by Anon on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 12:15
What's going to happen on bonfire night?

Reply Posted by Informed on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 13:14
They'll have a bonfire, where they presumably won't be burning products that contain chemicals such as Cadmium, Butane, Benzene, Arsenic, Hexamine, Naphthalene, Tar, Nicotine or any one of about 4000 others that are found in cigarettes.

Reply Posted by Ed on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 21:24
Do you drive,because your car is omitting ,CARBON DIOXIDE, CARBON MONOXIDE, NITROGEN OXIDES, SULFUR COMPOUNDS,FORMALDEHYDE,VOLITILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS PLUS MANY OYHER GASSES.I don`t smoke or drive, but think people should make up their own minds up.

Reply Posted by Informed on Thursday August 25 2016 at 09:56
Yes, but I don't drive it in pedestrianized areas. Smoke where it's permitted, not where it isn't. Simple.

Reply Posted by Ed on Thursday August 25 2016 at 10:48
So that makes it alright then!!! SIMPLES......

Reply Posted by Anthony Cook on Wednesday September 14 2016 at 22:44
We can't Ed, we got to do what we are told. Like good little English people, we not aloud to rock the boat, O no, Barnsley will take it on it's arris again and buttle to the will of the council. But not this guy Ed, and that i can assure you. I go to Locke Park often, and was brought up there as a child. I go there to think and clear my head. And I will continue to go there and smoke. Our rights cant be taken away from us just like that.

Reply Posted by Bewildering on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 15:32
Smoke free......we will all miss the bonfire then come November......council please address real problems not pretend ones......how much did you spend having a meeting about this? And coming up with the answer of putting a sign up but not enforcing it.why not have a meeting about stopping the anti-social behaviour in our interchange....put a notice up and do flock all about that aswell.

Reply Posted by Steve on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 16:11
"The smoke-free zones will be managed through a voluntary code and there will be no enforcement action."

Smoke away people they can't do anything about it.

Reply Posted by ! on Saturday August 27 2016 at 15:22
congratulations Steve with your 'they can't do anything about it' attitude. 'They' can't do anything about people letting their kids play with matches, putting their fingers in live sockets, playing on railway tracks, nicking from shops, not getting breakfast before they go to school and turning up filthy stinking of fags, not knowing how to use the toilet before they start school, watching porn aged 5 etc you are correct. If you are a parent you need to want to bring up your own children properly.

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Sunday August 28 2016 at 21:34
Obviously spoken by an individual of high intellect !!! lol

Reply Posted by Jill dalton on Wednesday August 24 2016 at 18:03
Thank you for doing this but please e extend it further. All parks should be, the hospital and all public spaces. I have always chosen not to smoke and object to second hnd smoke.

Reply Posted by Deb on Thursday August 25 2016 at 07:15
What about dog free! I know so many children who won't go to the park because it's over run with dogs. If you are going to take a dog, keep it on a lead at least. There is no point saying "it's ok it won't hurt you" kids don't know that. Even the nicest of dogs like to jump up with their muddy paws, and some dogs are bigger than the kids,

Reply Posted by janet on Thursday August 25 2016 at 15:03
Too right Deb dog warden should be patrolling that many irresponsible dog owners walking with no idea were there dogs have gone, how on earth can they clear up after them if they carnt even see em oh thats it they dunt bother, thats why it full of dog muck it could be such a lovely place for the kids to play spoilt by dog muck.

Reply Posted by Georgy on Friday August 26 2016 at 01:35
How about weed free? Or alcohol free? Or safer town? I came back from Sheffield one evening and some teens started throwing things after me as I was crossing the street from interchange. Saw a lot of underaged teens high on weed and it stinks like hell. That doesn't bother you or their parents? They can't smell it on them or just don't care?

Reply Posted by bob on Friday August 26 2016 at 10:22
Janet, dog warden dont have time to patrol, too busy collecting stray dogs, over 600 per year in Barnsley alone....would you prefer him to be sat in a park "patrolling" and no doubt getting accused of doing nowt useful, or getting strays off the streets ??

Reply Posted by Xyz on Friday August 26 2016 at 17:33
This is about no smoking in the play areas of 2 parks, not about stopping Bonfire Night etc It would be nice if more children could have a little play around without seeing adults puffing on a fag and looking at their watches waiting to take the kids home. Children learn everything from early years play and they copy adults. Sad for the ones who see smoking as an adult pleasure, please stop smoking around the play areas and put your cans away while you're at it. Don't worry school starts next week and teachers will be helping your children to grow up to be more healthy.

Reply Posted by mac on Friday August 26 2016 at 22:53
are the morons going to stop lorrys & buses from using roads near parks

Reply Posted by ! on Saturday August 27 2016 at 15:01
Mac - why is anybody a moron for wanting to put a smoking ban next to kiddies play areas in parks, is that what you are saying? It is aimed at the parents who are teaching kiddies that an afternoon out involves smoking. it's not compulsory, nobody will be fined, so puff away if you want, if you have found that smoking doesn't harm children. Do you think children of smokers are more or less likely to smoke when they are older? Do you think smokers are more or less likely to die of lung cancer than non smokers? Do you have that ignorant 'nobody tells me what to do' mentality?

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Sunday August 28 2016 at 21:36
I suggest at least the "morons" are not sat on their far arses like your goodself sir

Reply Posted by sharon on Saturday August 27 2016 at 22:52
You can put up signs saying no smoking but unfortunately it appears many smokers are illiterate. Feel free to come and sit in my office at Barnsley Hospital and I'll make you most welcome and you will see the smokers flouting these no smoking signs.

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Sunday August 28 2016 at 21:39
they are pond life i am afraid , usually bottom feeders

Reply Posted by Anthony Cook on Monday September 19 2016 at 19:08
No I am not Illiterate sharon, but i wont be bullied into not smoking in, "OPEN AIR" places. Not by YOU and not by the government or the Council...No-one has the right to tell another what they should do and not do, and this government and this council have gone too far. I will go and smoke in locke park and any other park that as open air in it. And to hell what others think. I am a free man, and being free gives me the right to smoke where i want. take that away and you take a persons rights away. And We all have rights, they are called " Human Rights". And they aren't to be messed with. EVER

Reply Posted by anon on Friday November 4 2016 at 13:58
amen to anthony cook!, we arent slaves we are freemen and women and as long as we arent affecting someone no one has a right to tell you what to do

Reply Posted by sharon on Saturday August 27 2016 at 22:58
and by the way one of the signs says please do not smoke here as the air vent in this area is a direct air vent to the maternity unit - new babies breathing in your smoke - enchanting is it not!

Reply Posted by Annie on Sunday August 28 2016 at 19:48
That's terrible. People can be so selfish and ignorant. I pity their children/ grandchildren who have smoke blown into their faces from the minute they come home from hospital.

Reply Posted by doctor doolittle on Sunday August 28 2016 at 10:51
What about ecigs? I use one and mine has zero nicotine in it. Just fruit vapours. Its the outdoors....you cant stop people having a cigarette in the open air fgs!!

Reply Posted by & on Sunday August 28 2016 at 19:17
I think they should stop making cigarettes, And put value added and income tax up by 10 percent .to pay for lost taxes....

Reply Posted by ian on Sunday August 28 2016 at 21:25
Avoid Barnsley

Reply Posted by Ab8 on Sunday August 28 2016 at 23:32
Oy Xyz. Don't judge people because they smoke. So according to you, all smokers are drinkers and are incapable of bringing up their kids without help from teachers?? What a shallow, sad, judgemental person you are. But then again, you probably are the perfect parent....well you must be. Taking the kids to Locke Park will be so memorable for them when they're at Uni drinking every night, smoking weed. Not good to judge!!!

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Monday August 29 2016 at 07:48
What a sad , bad attitude you have Ab8 , i find it incredulous that you support this filthy disgusting habit and are unable or unwilling to applaud the efforts ( no matter how small they appear to be ) to improve the health of the human race , Still you are probably unable to comprehend the bigger picture as you exist in your own tiny selfish bubble.

Reply Posted by Xyz on Monday August 29 2016 at 13:03
No, it's not good to judge.
But you judge me as someone who thinks that 'all smokers are drinkers' because I support a voluntary ban on smoking by adults at 2 play parks in Barnsley.
It's a fact, not a judgement, that when I take my grandchildren to play parks I regularly see adults who smoke, some who drink, some who do both and most that do neither.
it's also a fact, not my judgement, that children copy the adults who are important to them.
It's a fact, not my judgement, that smoking is bad for the health.
it's a fact, not my judgement, that teachers have a duty to educate children in being healthy.
My own 'kids' are in their 30s now and 2 of them work for the NHS. Sorry to burst your bubble, but they all remember nice times when they were little when we had no money, we made a day out of going to parks, moors or seaside for picnics.
They probably remember getting wasted at Uni too but it wasn't their aspiration.
Nobody is the perfect parent. I am very anti smoking around little children though, does that make me shallow and sad?

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Monday August 29 2016 at 17:08
xyz states accurate facts , he does not spout on like some spoilt brat unlike some of the fools whom express unfounded opinions . well said sir i applaud you.

Reply Posted by Xyz on Monday August 29 2016 at 17:13
Thanks, the grimreaper.

Reply Posted by A resident on Monday August 29 2016 at 18:24
To: Abdi
Most people need help bringing up their kids from teachers - smokers, non smokers, drinkers, non drinkers, perfect, bad or I between parents. why do you sound outraged with all the ?????? In your post. A bit too precious about your parenting, Abdi?
Teachers help kids make healthy choices even if they come from unhealthy families. You might want your kids to go to Uni drinking every night smoking weed but I don't. Approx 1 in 3 '18 to 24 year olds' smoke so that one smoker can be yours and the other two can be mine.

Reply Posted by Aylene on Monday August 29 2016 at 19:24
this is a good idea, play parks and school gates especially. I smoked and I wish I never did it is a horrible habit. My eldest aged 15 remembers me and his dad smoking a lot even when grandad and nan were in hospital with lung disease lung cancer. It was hardly for pleasure was it then when they were dying of it. I have tried to tell him this.Have tried for the little ones to not smoke anywhere near them and don't want to go to play parks and they think it is part of having fun. I hope they will not smoke truly or take drugs. Anything that helps not smoke is a good move.

ipso Regulated