Clubs happy with park fence

Bowl­ing green pro­tected from anti-so­cial be­hav­iour

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy 01733 588728

Cen­tral Park has re­ceived a boost with a new fence now erected around the bowl­ing green, a month af­ter a bowls match there was ru­ined by a group of youths.

The news has been wel­comed by Park Cres­cent Bowlers, which plays its home matches at the park, af­ter it warned that it could fold un­less ur­gent action was taken by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil.

Club chair­man Phillip Make­peace said: “Park Cres­cent Bowlers and Peter­bor­ough Cro­quet Club are de­lighted that the long awaited fence meant to en­close their greens is in place.

“We hope that it will help pro­tect all three greens from the vandalism, mis­use and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour that has been ex­pe­ri­enced over the past two years and which cul­mi­nated in re­cent green in­va­sions while both clubs were play­ing league matches.

“While all of us ac­cept that there could be a fur­ther need of fenc­ing (for which quo­ta­tions are be­ing sort) the present pro­vi­sion would seem to have helped a great deal in ad­dress­ing the prob­lems.

“We all look for­ward to a trou­ble free con­clu­sion to the bowls and cro­quet sea­son and would like to thank the coun­cil for their in­vest­ment in the fu­ture of our sports in Peter­bor­ough’s won­der­ful Cen­tral Park.”

In early July, Park Cres­cent’s match against West Ward Bowls Club was reg­u­larly in­ter­rupted with el­derly play­ers sworn at and in­tim­i­dated by a group of youths.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “A new fence has been in­stalled at the bowl­ing green with the lay­out agreed with the Friends of Cen­tral Park group and bowl­ing and cro­quet clubs.

“We will con­tinue to work with th­ese groups and an at­ten­dant is on site 7.15am to 7pm daily, and the green’s en­try gates will be locked out of th­ese hours.”

Cllr John Peach, Con­ser­va­tive mem­ber for Park ward, wel­comed the news. He said: “I am very pleased that the coun­cil have again in­vested in Cen­tral Park. The new fence is strong and looks great as its painted green.

“Let’s hope the users of the bowl­ing greens and ten­nis courts find it use­ful in keep­ing out non-play­ers.”

Friends of Cen­tral Park chair Tony Forster said: “I think it’s un­for­tu­nate we’ve had to have the fence, but it’s prob­a­bly in the cir­cum­stances the least worst op­tion.

“The big­gest con­cern re­mains we do not have the staff in the park to deal with is­sues.”

Gra­ham Har­ris, Roz Wright and Phillip Make­peace in­spect the new fence at Cen­tral Park

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