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Paying to use public fields??

On 20 Jul 2009 at 12:17pm Football fred wrote:
Myself and a few mates were playing football at the convent fields on Sunday morning as many people have done for years when someone from Lewes district council came over and told us that we were not allowed to play on there as we had not booked it??
We were tucked away in a corner well away from the cricket pitch and not even on the football pitches!!
They want to charge us £35 to play football on what is ultimately a public playing field!! Does this mean they are going to start charging Doris 2.50 to walk her dog aroundd the field or Clive 5 if he wants to fly a kite on the field with his kids of a weekend!!
The world has gone absolutlely crazy!!!
On 20 Jul 2009 at 3:12pm Smiler wrote:
That is outrageous
I know there is no charge to play football on the pitches in Preston park in Brighton, why on earth should anyone have to pay to play off the pitches on a public playing field in Lewes.
I probably would have told him to p1ss off.
And if in the unlikely event that you do have to pay shouldn't there be signs saying so.
I for one will be down there at the earliest opportunity kicking a ball about with my son.
On 20 Jul 2009 at 3:25pm FA wrote:
Was it an organised game Football Fred...were you using any goals, nets or a marked out pitch ? If it was, they may have rules saying you would need to pay for the use of those fascilities. If not, i can't see a problem. As Smiler says, we don't charge in Preston park although we do charge for the use of Bowling greens and tennis courts.
Give LDC a bell to get the situation clarified.
On 20 Jul 2009 at 6:05pm Rozzer wrote:
I think local and national government's ideal is a system by which we pay taxes for services and facilities and then have to pay again to actually make use of them.
On 20 Jul 2009 at 6:48pm Long Distance Whelker wrote:
Suspect that the Lewes district council representative was NOT employed by LDC. The Wyevale grounds maintainance man down seems to have a screw lose as he is extremely strange. Aged about mid 50's (has not worn well - leathered skin), dirty blonde hair (wirey) and skinny? If so his name is Graham and I would report him to Wyevale and LDC. He always forces money out of people on the tennis courts and have been seen trying to hit a dog with his dew removing pole. Why? Probably because he is a sandwich short of a picnic.
On 20 Jul 2009 at 10:01pm Football Fred wrote:
Hi Guys,
We used a plastic goal that one of our guys brought down so nothing to do with LDC. It wasnt Graham no it was his boss. Graham has always told us to move away from the cricket pitch which is fair enough but never charged us any cash.
Smiler, there are no signs saying anything of the sort as you said. I think we will fight this one
On 21 Jul 2009 at 12:50am Tax Payer wrote:
THE END IS NIGH!!!! warned you we will be paying by the breath next - who are these jumped up tw@s - we had a perfectly good bit of grass that the kids played football on which due to one or two frigid old maids has now been turned into a childrens playground and wild flower walk????
the "rules" of the playground are brillliant (small print on the back of the sign) no - ball games - or throwing and catching anything - no skate boarding - no cycling, skates or blades - no frisbees - no radio equipment (cars, planes or music) - no kites - no shuttlecocks rackets, raquets or bats - what exactly does that leave kids to do in a park?
throw dog crap at the miserable gets that ruined a rough old bit of grass that for years has had no such petty New Labour governing rules
not that it botheres me
On 21 Jul 2009 at 1:45pm Ed Can Do wrote:
If the guy comes along again, ignore him. If he threatens to call the police and have you arrested for tresspass, take lots of pictures or video it on your phone then continue to ignore him. I imagine that even if he could persuade the police to come out, by the time they got there you'd have finished anyway.

The best way to deal with people like this is ignore them. They can shout at you all they want but without the force of law behind them, they are doing nothing but shouting.
On 21 Jul 2009 at 6:23pm Smiler wrote:
Anyone up for 5-a-side this weekend?
On 21 Jul 2009 at 6:26pm Keeley wrote:
What an absolute tit, tell him to go back to whatever science lab he was created in. Count me in!!
On 21 Jul 2009 at 7:17pm Long Distance Whelker wrote:
Count me in too!!!
On 21 Jul 2009 at 10:19pm Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
This is contemptible.
Makes me wonder if the person demanding the money has misread the sign "Public P(l)aying Fields"? Also, how much of the money that is prised out of the public makes it back to LDC?

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