Petition to: Unchain the Football goals in Paddington Recreation Ground

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We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to Unchain the Football goals in Paddington Recreation Ground. More details

Petition update from the council, 04 March 2020

Our ‘open pitch’ policy is in place and active.

There is a genuine balance between unorganised/informal play and organised/formal activities – the site team have to get this balance right, we feel that this balance is currently being implemented fairly and appropriately.

In relation to the goals, following the refurbishment of the pitches Westminster City Council and Everyone Active jointly invested heavily in new goals throughout the facility. Once these arrived they had to be assembled and checked to ensure that they were safe for deployment. During this process the new goals were chained to the fences, whilst the previous ‘old’ goals were phased out. Everyone Active have now removed most of the old goals from the pitches as these were no longer not fit for purpose. Therefore, Everyone Active are now pleased to confirm that the ‘new’ 9-a-side goals are unlocked on both the 11-a-side pitch and the hockey pitch, they will have a set of 7-a-side goals available on the 5-a-side pitches. They are also working on a solution for the 11-a-side goals, so that these can also be used when the pitch(es) is/are not booked whilst minimising possible undue wear and tear.

We implemented the ‘open pitch‘ policy to facilitate informal/unorganised play so that groups/individuals/families etc. can make use of the high quality facilities we have at Paddington Recreation Ground, when they aren’t booked. When they are booked we have a variety of other spaces/places throughout the park that can also be utilised for free, such as the Astroturf multi-use games area, village green etc. We are also developing new additional facilities such as an additional 7-a-side Astroturf pitch on the top ‘D’ of the athletics track to create even more spaces/places to help us keep everyone active.

More details from petition creator

Recently, Paddington Recreation Ground have discarded their old goals and replaced them with new ones which are now chained up and facing the fence so that we can no longer use them, even though the pitch is still open to the public (unless there is a booking). For the vast majority of my life, I have been using the pitches and goals as a way to socialise with my friends, it was a perfect excuse to get us off the streets and doing something we all enjoyed as a community, playing football. I understand that due to the increase in knife crime, Westminster Council have allocated approximately £500,000 towards youth community centers/activities in an attempt to decrease the number of youth involved in these crimes. I also spoke to a member of staff currently employed by Paddington Recreation Ground (who requested to remain anonymous) whom informed me that Westminster Council had helped Paddington Rec. by contributing in the purchase of these new goals. Speaking on behalf of the hundreds of people who use those goals and pitches each week to better themselves, we would highly appreciate it if you could do something about this predicament and make the goals available to us again.

Current signatories

Dominic Brough, the petition creator, joined by:

  • Burak fejzulahi
  • Salim
  • Rafic
  • Andrew A
  • Gent
  • Muffin
  • Albion Babiqi
  • Dardan
  • Taha