Council calls for park action

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 July 2015

Councillors believe drinking in the park is the cause of the smashed glass.

Councillors believe drinking in the park is the cause of the smashed glass.

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Councillors in Pill have called for action to be taken at a ‘dangerous’ park in the village.

Brookside Playing Field has become a popular location for parents to take young children since play equipment was installed there in 2009.

However, parents have become concerned about the amount of broken glass found around the site, which councillors believe is a result of young people’s late-night drinking and have now called on residents to help tackle the issue.

Councillor Lesley Davey said: “I have picked up so much glass around the bottom of the climbing frame. It is very dangerous.

“There are big pieces of glass that you can see easily but there are also tiny little shards sticking upwards that could do some serious harm.”

Cllr Donald Davies added: “If enough people report it, something will have to get done because it is criminal action.

“It will only get worse now that exams are over as these youngsters won’t have anything better to do.”

Councillors also suggested drinking in public spaces is a problem in other parts of the village including Watchhouse Hill and Hardwick Road.

Andrew Jopp, parish council chairman, said: “Once something gets done in one area these people just move on to somewhere else.

“If you see it, report it to the police and if your children play in the area make sure they take care.”

The equipment was installed in 2010 following a £37,000 grant from North Somerset Council as part of a play pod and ranger scheme.

Since then a £20,000 grant from Pill and Easton-In-Gordano Parish Council in 2011 has allowed the well-used equipment to remain at the site.


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