Bourton-on-the-Water Parish Council
Notice to all residents - June 2016
Due to recent unacceptable antisocial behaviour it has been necessary to introduce a curfew of 9.00pm at all the Parish Council's play areas in Bourton in an attempt to try and resolve some of the behaviour problems of late. Please can we ask that parents encourage their children and young adults to abide by this.
The Parish Council has renewed its agreement with Play Gloucestershire's Play Rangers to continue to provide weekly play sessions on Melville throughout 2016.
We'd like to remind parents and our younger residents that the Play Ranger sessions are held on Melville play area every Wednesday afternoon, during term-time between 4pm and 6pm. These sessions go ahead regardless of the weather and remain very popular with older and younger children alike. The sessions are fully supervised by experienced Play Rangers and include a wide range of activities, including cooking, games and general play.
Link to Play Rangers web-site for details and information about the service and activities provided.
During the school holidays the Rangers also arrange a number of day-time sessions - please keep a eye out on this web-site for details of holiday session dates, or contact the Council office for further information.
Following the Council's decision to remove the goal posts as a result of anti-social behaviour problems at the Naight, this decision was reviewed at the August meeting in light of further correspondence received in July, both for and against the decision. One goal post had already been removed which seemed to have addressed some of the problems, albeit not all. After some discussion it was felt this represented a suitable compromise solution which removed the immediate threat to neighbouring properties without removing the opportunity to play football altogether.
The decision to leave one post in place now stands for 6 months, and the situation will be monitored. The second post is being stored and can be reinstated in the future, if necessary.
To help ensure the play area is used correctly the signage has been amended to state that the play area is to be used by Under 12's only from now on.
It was suggested that with the imminent rise in population from new developments the Council should consider whether there is a longer term solution to improving public sports facilities in the village. Although there is no quick solution to this it's something the Committee will look at in coming months.
The Committee will also arrange to meet with local schools when the new term begins as part of an exercise to discuss youth activities and facilities in general, and to listen to suggestions about how these could be improved and funded. Any comments gathered at these exercises will be considered in Committee.
Minutes from the most recent Playing Fields Committee meetings are available here. Minutes from previous committee meetings can be obtained on request.