Decision details

Birkdale Grove - Play area fence consultation

Decision Maker: Decision Session - Executive Member for Environment and Climate Emergency, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Purpose of Report: The purpose of the report is to determine if the fence around the “play area” in Birkdale Grove green space should be removed. A public consultation involving the immediate streets adjacent to the green space voted in favour of its removal. During the consultation a number of representations were also received in favour if its retention. This report provides an opportunity for all views to be presented in a public forum.

The Executive Member will be asked to consider the content and officer recommendations as outlined in the report.



i.             That the decision be deferred to a later date to provide an opportunity for Cllr Lomas, as Ward Member for Acomb, to liaise with residents of the adjoining housing estate and other users of Birkdale Grove, in order to investigate potential alternative solutions to the issue, including but not limited to:

-      That the fence remains in place and the area be only used as a children’s play area.

-      That the fence remains in place and funds from the Acomb ward budget be accessed to install children’s play equipment.

-      That the area is designated as both for children and dogs.

-      That the fence be removed.


ii.            That the ballot be rerun, with a wider voting area and some form of weighting in favour of those residents closer to Birkdale Grove, with details to be decided by the Ward Member.


iii.          That officers work with the Ward Member to assess and review local parking arrangements.


iv.          That the Parks and Open Spaces team undertake a review of Birkdale Grove, to ensure that the fence is properly secured, that there is a rota for cleaning the park, and to explore the option of installing more dog waste bins.


Reason:     To build a consensus on the best solution for residents on the Birkdale Grove play area fence.


Report author: Ben Grabham

Publication date: 10/02/2022

Date of decision: 09/02/2022

Decided at meeting: 09/02/2022 - Decision Session - Executive Member for Environment and Climate Emergency

Effective from: 12/02/2022

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