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Kids told ‘keep off’ as field row rumbles on

Janet Dalby is angry over closure of Acre Moss Lane playing field, which has been locked stopping kids from playing on it.

Janet Dalby is angry over closure of Acre Moss Lane playing field, which has been locked stopping kids from playing on it.

Confusion surrounds the closure of a popular football field after kids were told they would be prosecuted for playing on it.

A new sign on the Acre Moss Lane field warns people not to play sport there as they will be breaking the law.

Prior to it being locked by Lancashire County Council last October, the field was used by children for ball games for years.

Janet Dalby, who lives nearby, has been campaigning on behalf of residents to get the field re-opened.

“Since when can you close a playing field down as a playing field?” she said.

“If any kids are found playing on there, they can be prosecuted. But I thought that was what playing fields were for? Apparently I was wrong.”

Mrs Dalby said she complained to the county council, who called her saying the padlock would be removed from the gate and it was unlikely children would be prosecuted.

She said she was told the field had been closed due to anti-social behaviour and dog walkers not cleaning up after their pets.

But Margaret Whitmore from Lancashire County Council’s property group, did not confirm the field could be used when she spoke to The Visitor. She said: “The county council has a duty to ensure that this land is used appropriately, so that the playing fields are in a safe and suitable condition. We’re keen to encourage wider use of the playing fields and we’re currently considering requests from a number of local community groups. We’re currently reviewing our position on general use of the site, which could lead to a change of rules. If this happens, we’ll change the sign to show our updated position for local people.”

 

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