October 2015 ....

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Autumn Tidy-up in the Park

Turn out for this year's Autumn Tidy-up in Eastfield Park was a fairly disappointing. Nevertheless, nine volunteers put in around 40 hours of effort and collected 16 bags of litter plus a variety of other items including a reclining seat that somebody had dumped in the Park. We also removed a bicycle that was in good working order. Presumably it had been stolen and abandoned in the Park. It has now been taken to Weston Favell Police Station.

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AFTER

We also trimmed back the hedges on both sides of the ramp leading down from the Booth Lane entrance, partly to improve the look of the hedge but also so the daffodils planted along the verge will be seen more easily next spring.

Option 1 £60k Eco Tumble comp

This is an ARTISTS IMPRESSION of the play area we would LIKE TO HAVE in Eastfield Park if we secure ADDITIONAL FUNDING! Friends of Eastfield Park have already been involved in preliminary discussions with Northampton Borough Council, the preferred supplier and a potential donor organisation. Much work remains to be done; we are very optimistic about having a play area by next summer but whether it is as good as the one illustrated remains to be seen! (Click to enlarge)

Other News ....

We are pleased to report that the Friends of Eastfield Park received a Silver Award for our entry in this year's Northampton in Bloom.

Eastfield Park Ranger's Report

October 2015

Number of Patrols: Six
Dog Issues: Good number of walkers, fouling seemed to be at a static level. (That is not to say it has greatly improved but at least it does not appear to have increased partially through the colder weather I would guess.)
Littering Issues: Low level litter
Graffiti Incidents: None reported to me.
Vehicle on the Park incidents: One incident witnessed - report below.
Anti-Social Behaviour: Continued signs of alcohol consumption and resultant litter.
Complaints received from the public: None.
Length of Grass: Acceptable,
State of the litter bins: Appeared to be managed.

October has been a fairly quiet month on Eastfield Park. Dog owners are very largely picking up their dogs mess and levels of mess indicate the colder weather is beginning to persuade some owners not to venture out onto the park. Owners who fail to pick up their animals mess will be dealt with by the Ranger when witnessed. I am continuing to carryout spot checks on dog walkers and ask individuals if they have dog bags on them. This challenging process hopefully will encourage people to carry bags at all times.

On Thursday 15th October 2015 at approximately 13.10 hours I witnessed a young male person riding a mini bike on the park. As I started to approach I realised there were a group of approximately half a dozen young lads. I contacted my neighbourhood colleague who contacted the police who advised me not to approach. I have since been made aware of operational changes made by the Police in view of incidents up and down the country and will follow their advice. Hopefully, this change in approach will continue to be as effective in dealing with the problem.
Patrols are very slightly down as compared with last month but this has not adversely affected the park. Overall the park continues to draw favourable comments from the public. Development of the park is clearly in keeping with the Management Plan agreed by Northampton Borough Council.

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