Crime in the Park
We are very sorry to report that Criminal behaviour is increasing in the Park especially to do with drugs, arson and general destruction of Park features from gates to trees. The Police have been notified and have been to the Park to look at the issues. To start with patrols by PCSO’s will be increased. The registration numbers of potential drug dealers have been reported for enquiry. All drug related debris is removed by a number of people as soon as it is spotted.
We are not alone in facing this growing level of crime; Engine Fields in Yeadon is another Friends led green space in Aireborough that suffers from sporadic bouts of criminal damage. Damage that is frequently mended by community orientated local people.
There are also running battles with destruction, often arson, at Guiseley Cricket Club where expensive covers have been destroyed, and other sports and community facilities in Guiseley and Yeadon.
This is a growing problem of wanton destruction of much needed Community Facilities that are looked after and paid for by local volunteers and public grants. If anyone sees any anti-social behaviour or vandalism starting then please contact the Police as quickly as possible.
Any damage also needs to be repaired as soon as possible, else it just encourages more destruction. Help is therefore needed from local people to address this issue.
Children’s Gala is nearly here – 4th September
The Park has now been mown, the copse hedges trimmed, and litter removed, ready for Sunday’s Children’s Gala. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for fine weather and look forward to seeing you dressed in Rio Olympic splendor.
If there are any last minute helpers, from setting up to manning stalls, contact Chris Parapia on firstname.lastname@example.org
New Bog Garden
The bottom of the Park’s steep slope is a wet area – especially in bad weather. We have therefore decided to make a feature of this, both to improve the look of the area and enhance biodiversity. This week you will see the organization Open Country work on building a new bog garden, which has been funded by the RHS’s community grant scheme. Our thanks to all concerned.
What Does the Park Mean to You?
The Government is looking at the future of Parks in the light of reduced Local Council spending. They are considering threats to Park’s existence, their benefits, and potential innovative ideas for the future.
Aireborough has a number of Public Authority maintained Parks, Micklefield, Nunroyd and The Tarn. However, there are also spaces run and looked after by Friends Groups such as Yeadon’s Engine Fields and Guiseley’s Parkinson’s Park. Then there are green spaces being ‘provided’ by Housing Developers, who may or may not want to get into the task of maintaining them under a fee charged to residents eg High Royds.
With increased threats to all our local green space we’d encourage local people to take part in this consultation through either an easy online survey asking about your use of local parks, or by writing to the Enquiry with your views – which again can be done on line.
If you write a submission to the enquiry, we’d be grateful if you could send a copy to us at email@example.com. We can then amalgamate the information for grant applications and general community use in planning new community facilities.