Es­caped pigs blamed for play­ing field dam­age

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

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