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Campaigners Call for U-Turn on Plans to Open York Parks at Night


2:42pm 25th February 2013

More than 300 people have signed a petition against plans for York's parks to be left unlocked overnight.

The city council want to leave them open as it tries to save money.

But Catherine Heinemeyer, who's from the Very Young Friends of West Bank Park, is worried about a fall in standards.


Speaking for the City of York Council Charlie Croft, Assistant Director Communities, Culture and Public Realm said:

“We are keen to work with any community group that wants to take on locking / unlocking responsibility for sites. Officers are arranging a series of meetings with key users of the parks such as local sporting clubs, residents associations and ‘friends of’ groups in March and April, to explore the community appetite to taking control of locking and unlocking the city’s parks.

“The move to leave parks open will be phased to allow us to monitor the impact on each site and their surrounding area and to assess the security of buildings and assets in our parks. For many authorities across the region this is the norm; allowing pedestrian and cyclist use of their parks at all times and restricting vehicle use.”

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