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Dog walkers ordered off Bewdley field
6:30am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
DOG walkers have been ordered off a Bewdley field used by residents for more than 30 years after it was taken over by a school without consultation, it has been claimed.
Paul Simmonds said shocked residents had been told they were trespassing and no longer able to use the popular Bewdley Leisure Centre field, as it was now privately owned by the Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre.
He said that no-one had been told of the new arrangements despite it regularly being used as a cut-through to the river Severn.
“During the last month, anyone going on to the field was approached by teachers warning them off the field and saying that it was private land, “ Mr Simmonds explained.
“The residents are disgusted and some of them are outraged by this.
“It’s a loss of the legacy from the Olympics.
“I’m very angry that consultation hasn’t taken place and it’s been done without giving residents their say. It’s taking ownership without proper consultation.”
He added: “The field is used in the summer every night for kids to play - dads play with their sons, football teams train on there. It’s a community asset.”
Mr Simmonds said residents even carried out patrols of the field to clean up any dog mess, adding he hoped to arrange a meeting with the school so residents could discuss their concerns.
Gordon Yarranton, Worcestershire County Council chairman and member for Cookley, Wolverley and Wribbenhall, said: “The sports field is for joint use as a sports facility by the leisure centre and Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre and is not a public right of way.
“The field is used daily for physical education lessons by the school and at evenings and weekends by the leisure centre.
“We would urge residents and dog walkers to consider the health and wellbeing of the young people using the sports field and support the school in asking them to use the bridleway in Netherton Lane to access the riverside.”
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