May 22 2013 Latest news:
John Phillips , Senior Reporter
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Sports chiefs are launching a clampdown to stop football players and spectators damaging pitches at parks in Barking and Dagenham.
Fixed goal posts are to be taken down and portable ones will be made available for games.
Bin liners will also be given to teams before matches after complaints about discarded rubbish and restrictions put in place to stop cars parking on the grass.
Council deputy leader, Cllr Rocky Gill, said: “Football clubs pay to use these facilities and we have to make sure everything is in good order.
“We also have a duty to other park users to make sure their enjoyment isn’t spoiled by problems like litter and cars driving across the grass.
“We hope these changes will lead to the pitches and goal posts being in better condition, which would be a winning situation for everyone.”
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