Yesterday we received a visit from the Avon and Somerset Police regarding several complaints from members of the public surrounding multiple breaches of the covid regulations on our grounds.The reported complaints include:
overcrowding in the play park
individuals meeting more than one person from other households
groups of people eating and drinking together
groups of people meeting to play sports in the basketball court
We have been advised that the Avon and Somerset Police are actively enforcing the covid regulations and have already issued many fines in the North Somerset area.Also, due to the complaints, they will be stepping up their patrols around Peel Park and the recreation ground.We must make you aware that the Community Centre does have CCTV monitoring the grounds and that police can use the footage to substantiate any fines.The visiting officers also advised us that if the issues continue then the community association may have no other choice but to close the park.We understand the need and want to meet with our friends and family.These are difficult times for everyone, and the last thing we want to do is close the park, however, as a registered charity with active connections to local authorities, we have a responsibility and a duty of care to help protect our community.We must stress the importance of following the covid regulations when using our facilities.Here is a reminder of the current regulations regarding meeting people outdoors.You can exercise or visit a public outdoor space:• by yourself• with the people you live with• with your support bubble• or, when on your own, 1 person from another householdChildren under 5, and up to two carers for a person with a disability who needs continuous care, are not counted towards the gatherings limit on two or more people meeting outside.Please, work with us to help protect your friends and loved ones.
Do you need help or support?
We all need help some times so, if you need support, we encourage you to contact these local support groups.Long Ashton Community NetworkThe Long Ashton Community Network has been set up to provide support to members of our community whose lives are being significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.