Arble – Clerk 01789 490501
17 December 2014
Ms. J Boreham
Head of Parks & Recreation
Redditch Borough Council
Walter Stranz Square
RE: Recreation Ground,
Mill Lane, Feckenham
At the November
council meeting, attended by 15 parishioners, concerns were raised by several
of them, and supported by all, over the intensification of use of the Redditch
Borough Council owned recreation ground at Mill Lane Feckenham.
It was noted
by one parishioner, who has lived in Feckenham in excess of 20 years, that
whereas in the 2001/02 season there were 28 matches/events held at the grounds. The number of activities taking place has now
increased to in excess of 200 in this last 12 months.
made by residents of the parish reveal that RBC is not receiving payment
for all of the activities taking place and indeed appear to be collecting on
only limited occasions. The policing of the activities do not appear to exist
at all. Only a few of the users of the field seem to be local to the Parish. In consequence the attitude of many visitors is
not restricted by family or parish pressures.
The behaviour of many visitors towards residents who do complain about
illegal or inconsiderate parking can be unpleasant and arrogant. Additionally, the bad language and shouting
can be heard within the immediate vicinity of the playing field. This affects not only residents, but also
parents who might otherwise take their children to the playing area immediately
beyond the football pitch.
The user is
not restricted to the normal playing season which now extends into the summer
months. The consequence has been a
significant increase in environmental nuisance caused by the number of people
attending who create traffic and parking issues. There are a very limited number of parking
spaces available to residents on the Square and the public car park off Turton
Gardens. Too often it is the case where parishioners cannot find a place to
resident nearby have found the situation so distressful that they have taken to
leaving their property during game times. The stress has also affected a health
condition which has caused him to be hospitalised.
Parish Council acknowledge that the facilities offered by RBC are there to be
used, councillors also believe the user should be proportionate and reasonable.
Feckenham Parish Council would be
grateful for an explanation of the measures in place to regulate the user and which
officers enforce that regulation.
Clerk to the Council
Cc R Williams, Chair
FPC; B Clayton, RBC Cllr; J Potter, RBC Cllr; D Wheeler, RBC Officer