Escaped pigs blamed for playing field damage
A RECENTLY-renovated playing field has been so badly damaged by neighbouring pigs that youngsters are struggling to use it.
The Higher Denham Community CIO, a community charity, owns and maintains the Glebe Field in Higher Denham, which costs ‘a huge amount to maintain’ but has been destroyed by farm animals for the third time. The field is located next to a farm.
It has two youth football training pitches and a play area with swings, a slide and a roundabout for smaller children, along with a basket ball hoop area.
Gary Kelly, 52, who lives in Higher Denham, said: “It’s happened before. The pigs do the most damage.”
He added: “The pigs get out and people come out [of their houses] and say ‘pigs were nearly getting run over, they were running down the road. It isn’t a rare occurrence.”
Mr Kelly, who works at the Higher Denham Social Club, added: “People are getting upset – the last few years the community association hall made a lot of effort to do it up for the kids football so people can enjoy it.”
He said there has been no response from the owner of the animals, who he believes does not live at the site.
He said: “At the end of the day he hasn’t made any gestures to help or get in touch.”
David Ward, chairman of the community association, said of the field: “It costs a huge amount of money to maintain.”
He added: “Almost every year the pigs pull the fence apart, and go out and do damage in a short space of time.
Mr Ward said neighbours have been left ‘disappointed’ it has happened again, as people put huge amounts of effort into maintaining the land and the pigs can ‘turn up’ hundreds of square metres very quickly.
Mr Ward said: “Generally in the morning and every weekend the field is awash with kids using the play area, and at weekends as well, and we’re really pleased that’s happened.
“When they turn up and it’s ruined it pushes them to another field.
“We have Ironman every Saturday morning and they have had to move to another part of the field.”
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, confirmed the pigs had escaped repeatedly. She said: “They’ve got out before. It was last year, I think .” The owner of the pigs could not be contacted for comment.
The field which residents say is
being ruined by pigs