27th May, 2020

Row breaks out over Waseley Hills car park

A ROW has broken out over the car park at Waseley Hills Country Park being open during the coronavirus crisis.

Coun Peter McDonald contacted The Standard about the issue, surrounding the Worcestershire County Council beauty spot.

He said: “So many people are doing their best to stop the spread of the virus yet the council are neglecting their duty to protect people.

“Here’s me having meetings with people by phone or on Skype and I know people who are driving more than ten miles to visit the Waseleys.

“It needs to be stopped because with a bank holiday weekend upon us the situation will only get worse.

“It will tempt people to venture out.”

But Coun Lucy Hodgson, the county council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities, said: “We are working closely with our colleagues at the police, where they have been patrolling our greenspaces, and keeping people safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We will be reviewing the situation regularly in line with guidance from Central Government.

“The government guidelines clearly advise people to not to travel unnecessarily, especially in relation to their daily exercise.

“It is imperative that our residents stay local and use open spaces near their homes where this is possible.

“There are prominent signs across our main sites, encouraging people to follow the social distancing guidelines.

“We have found that, generally, people are following the social distancing guidelines when visiting our countryside greenspaces and we thank them for their co-operation in doing this at a very testing time.”

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