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Fleet field will be used for walking football and play area will reopen




Children playing and walking football will resume on a village playing field after restrictions have been lifted.

Fleet Parish Council have given the green light for the village’s walking football club to start playing matches once more on the Fleet Hargate field.

The council is also hoping to give the field’s pavilion a bit of a spruce-up during the summer.

Paul Barnes at Fleet Hargate playing field
Paul Barnes at Fleet Hargate playing field

Speaking at the council’s virtual meeting on Monday, Walking Football Group member Kevin Smith asked for permission to restart on the field.

He said: “When the FA publish their findings and have agreement from the Department for Digitial, Culture, Media and Sport then we are going to look ahead to carry on. But I do need the council’s permission.”

Mr Smith said that the group would be able to follow social distancing by having no more than four players in each changing room.

Council Chairman Paul Barnes said: “From the council’s point of view, we would like you to resume as soon as you can.”

Members will also be installing signs across the field to remind of social distancing after being told by South Holland District Council that it was fine to reopen the play areas for youngsters.

The council have been provided with signs which recommend that people use hand sanitiser and follow social distancing requirements.

Members were also that the district council did not expect the council to clean the apparatus after each individual who had used it.

“But they were expected to advise people of social distancing and to wash their hands.

The issue of people using a picnic bench in the playing field was also raised.

Members had agreed to place a sign close to the bench.

Councillors also discussed maintenance to the playing field’s pavilion.

Coun Peter Coupland and Stephen Dicky will be clearing out the pavilion and Mr Smith has volunteered to paint it.

Grass cutting idea for church

Councillors could be helping to keep the village churchyard looking good by supporting grass cutting.

Fleet Parish Council is considering allowing its groundsman to cut the churchyard to help the parochial church council.

The meeting was told that Lincolnshire County Council will be undertaking three grass cuts in the village during the year.

And the first cut had taken place shortly after its own groundsman had been down.

Chairman Paul Barnes said: “If we could try to find out when they are due to come to do the second and third cut. I was going to suggest diverting our groundsman to do something for the church.”

The meeting was also told that the parochial church council were disappointed with the response to their their recent grant application.

Coun Barnes had also suggested a volunteer scheme and buying a lawn mower to help keep the church yard looking tidy.

He said: “They are looking at 16 cuts a year. If we could find 16 volunteers to cut once a year.

“I wondered if we could get more people in the community involved. “

Coun Peter Coupland said the biggest job would be strimming around the grave stones and added that the ground was undulating.

He said: “It is a hell of a job and you won’t look forward to it being your turn.”

Theupkeep of the village war memorial was praised during the meeting.

Coun Stephen Dicky said: “The war memorial is looking very nice .”

Concerns were also raised during the meeting about brambles growing over a walkway between Eastgate Gardens and Burgess Drive which was becoming impassable.

New year party idea

Fleet could be holding a New Year’s party to mark getting through 2020.

Councillors were hoping to organise a get-together for the village but have decided to postpone it until January.

Chairman Paul Barnes said: “We could do something to celebrate the new year as 2020 has been written off.”

Motorists urged not to speed

Motorists will be urged not to speed through Fleet when new signs are installed as part of the community speed watch.

Councillors were told that the speed watch equipment was currently in Lincoln.

Chairman Paul Barnes is hoping to get data through from the scheme when it restarts in the future.


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