It’s been a terrible spring – what spring you may well ask – following on a harsh winter and an abnormally wet summer last year. Many people have been concerned about the state of local open spaces as a result.
When the question was raised with the Parks and Countryside department, the reply was that the pitches had been constructed with high standard drainage. But it just wasn’t enough to cope with last winter’s extreme conditions.
So it’s been good to see the workmen on site recently, taking remedial action. The grass will soon regrow on the worst affected pitch, and the improved drainage will help to cope with future extreme weather.
The problems, of course, have not merely been bad weather. Harsh climatic conditions have coincided with even harsher economic ones for local councils – whose budgets, especially in urban, Labour-controlled areas, have been slashed.
The Labour City council in Leeds has done its best in these difficult times to maintain sports provision – part of its emphasis on health and well being.
It is committed to protecting the people of Leeds as far as it can from the full impact of government policies.
So the Council, like the rest of us, could do with some nice summery weather, to give pitches like this a helping hand. It’s more likely to get sunshine than help from the Tory/LibDem Coalition -even in this wash-out spring!