Fencing has gone up at two sport and leisure facilities in Lichfield and Burntwood to prevent people breaching coronavirus restrictions.

The skatepark at Beacon Park

Lichfield District Council said the 3G sports pitch and Beacon Park’s skatepark have been cordoned off due to reports of groups using them.

Cllr Ashley Yeates, cabinet member for community engagement, said the temporary fencing would hopefully deter people from breaching current regulations.

Cllr Ashley Yeates

“We know how frustrating lockdown restrictions are, and we’re all looking forward to when our sport and leisure facilities can reopen.

“However, it’s really important that we all follow the rules to protect our families, friends and wider community.

“You can continue to access our open spaces to exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble.

“This should be limited to once a day and you should maintain social distancing.” 

Cllr Ashley Yeates, Lichfield District Council

Sergeant Neil Quinn, of the Lichfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:

“I would like to thank the people of Lichfield and Burntwood for continuing to do their very best to stick to the rules to protect themselves and others from this devastating virus that continues to take lives.

“It is unfortunate that the message is still not getting through to some individuals who continue to bend and even break the rules despite the ongoing seriousness of the situation across the district.

“Officers are continuing to carry out patrols to engage, encourage and explain the rules to anyone we feel is pushing the boundaries, and we will enforce these where necessary for people who continually refuse to adhere to restrictions.”

Sgt Neil Quinn, Staffordshire Police

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10 Comments

  1. Whilst this might seem like an overreaction, if groups of people are using the facilities, it would make a nonsense of the lockdown most of us are trying to adhere to, to protect others.

  2. The teenagers who used the skate park have and will continue to congregate elsewhere, most likely car parks in town. This simply moves the ‘problem’ to another location whilst penalising younger children who have been using the area with parental supervision. So, no one wins. The reality is that most children and teens have been heavily restricted for nearly a year and they, like most of us are reaching a tipping point for mental health and well-being. The fact we see a low risk group using an outdoor facility (an incredibly low risk setting) as a problem tells you all you need to know. We have lost perspective and balance. From what I have seen at the skatepark, attending with my primary aged son, older teens were congregating whilst using the facility and when moved on by Community Officers simply went and stood in the middle of the football pitches and remained unchallenged. This move is window dressing by the council and achieves nothing.

  3. How is this any different to the playgrounds in Beacon Park? In fact there are far more people using the playgrounds than the skate park.
    Once again, the teenagers are discriminated against by petty ‘do gooders’.

  4. I know, let’s make kids fat, eventually adding to the obesity crisis we’re facing and also let’s give them mental health issues adding to mental health crisis were facing thus continuing to put strain on the NHS like every other year

  5. Quite agree with Gina O’Hara. This area has been open and used with apparently no ill effects – youngsters of all ages need to have some fun and freedom. They are not the main spreaders of the Virus and many of us oldies are now somewhat protected by our jabs. LDC start making some balanced decisions.

  6. I am appalled this facility has been closed off. The young are so damaged mentally by this pandemic when are the leaders of this council Going to consider this? I’ve been to the skatepark with my son several times a week and the kids there have been resceptful and aware a lot of the older ones wear masks. The play park is rammed so what is the difference? The council need to pay more attention to the people in the city centre who are out shopping ignoring social distancing on a daily basis (mostly the over 70s)

  7. Walking through the All Saints estate recently, I noticed several young guys (16-17 years old maybe) wearing masks in the street. Little acts of solidarity and consideration like this make me feel that we are going to be ok. @ Clare I am not impressed with the example of the older generation either. The Tories don’t care about young people – not their voters, no property = no influence. I would open the skate park in a heartbeat and close the garden centres, which look more conducive to milling around and congregating in covered/indoor areas, how about that?

  8. Another unfair and silly decision made.
    I dont know how they can justify this and the play area is open. The play area has young children who dont distance, constantly touch faces then use shared equipment. Not to mention all the mothers gathering for a chat. At least in the skate area they bring their own equipment.

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