Parish Council have discussed at length the closure of Sir Bobby Robson Park and received only two correspondence from residents, regarding the closure.
As there have already been repeated breaches of the park rules, we have to take a zero tolerance approach. This could sadly lead to the park being closed indefinitely. So we would ask that residents work with us, so this does not happen.
The park was closed due to antisocial behaviour, abuse to the volunteers locking the park, our contractor and due to concerns reported over social distancing, the consumption of food and vandalism.
This was several incidents since the park reopened 14th September 2020. There is clear signage displayed in the park and we would ask that residents using the park to please follow as directed.
We are however looking for resident volunteers who would be willing to lock the park on an evening which will be 4pm daily now the dark nights approach. This would be in groups of two as we would not expect volunteers to put themselves at risk by doing this on their own.
If residents could please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they wish to volunteer and work with the Parish Council, to allow the park to open every day. Concerns regarding the park, must be sent to this address. Posting issues on social media will not necessary mean these are seen and if Parish Council is not made aware, we can’t resolve them.
It has been agreed that the park will open weekends only between 9am and 4pm and this will be reviewed once Parish Council have liaised with the Local Authority, regarding Neighbourhood Wardens or have sufficient volunteers to allow the park to be open during the week.