Northborough playing field – here is an update to our previous notice:
After meeting with the football club we have agreed what we believe is a suitable part of the playing field to re-site the goalposts which were taken down early in July.
Encouraging residents, young and old, to be active and enjoy Northborough’s open space is really important, as is residents’ right to peaceful enjoyment of their gardens. We hope re-siting the goalposts here balances both of these considerations.
The football club will re-furbish the goalposts before putting them up in their new home. This may take a few weeks and we expect the posts to be ready to use again by the end of August.
Northborough Playing Field is open to all for recreation and exercise. We consider it a really valuable amenity, especially during the Covid-19 emergency when activities are restricted. We appreciate that most users are respectful and use the area only for the purpose intended. However, there has recently been a significant increase in anti-social behaviour focused around one or two permanent structures on the field so, in response to complaints from several residents who live close to those structures, the council agreed to take remedial action (see Minute 20.85.d (June 2020).
A permanent goalpost in the South West corner of the field belongs to Glinton & Northborough Football Club and, the council has asked the Club to move the post to a different location. The removal stage has now been completed and the Club is willing to erect a new post but this will not be immediately; they will continue to use temporary goalposts in the meantime, as they do for most of their training and matches on the field.
We do genuinely encourage your use of the field. You are very welcome to bring a temporary goalmouth (preferably with net) or other focus point (cricket stumps, basketball net, tennis net, etc) to the field whenever you use the area, provided it is removed and doesn’t create any permanent damage, and we know that some young people already do this. Without the permanent structure we hope that the whole field will be used more for these activities rather than that particular corner being over-used.
The football club will start training again on the field in late July so keep any eye on their schedule if you want to take part, or alternatively if you want to avoid the area at those times.
There may also be other organised activities (small pilates classes for instance) while these can’t be carried out indoors, so be aware of these when you’re deciding on the best part of the field for your own activity. Anyone who wishes to use the field for paid-for activities should contact the Clerk.
The outdoor gym equipment is re-opened for use now and the whole field is available for whatever form of exercise users prefer.
Any queries relating to the Burial Grounds at Northborough Cemetery and the Churchyard of St Andrew ‘s should be addressed to the Parish Clerk ( firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 07748 637555 ) or write to Northborough Parish Council, Village Hall, Cromwell Close, Northborough, Peterborough, PE6 9DP
There are two Defibrillators in the village, one on the wall of the Village Shop and the other on the wall of the Village Hall. In the case of an emergency, dial 999 . If the medical condition, as ascertained by the call centre specialist, demands the use of a defibrillator, you will be told the location of the nearest defibrillator and you will be provided with an access code to open the door. Once the door is open, lift the equipment out of the case and you will be given instructions on what to do.
I have a limited number of these “No Uninvited Callers” stickers, if you would like one, please contact Malcolm Spinks on 01778 343585 or 07870 343562.
We are looking for volunteers to help operate the Speedwatch equipment. There will be a full training session on Saturday 22nd of July at 10:00 at the Packhorse. Please contact Cllr Catherine Cavanagh on 01778 348299 (email email@example.com) to register your interest.