Council calls for respect for the “natural environment” during the “firewall” lockdown following a number of incidents in Wepre Park

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Posted: Wed 21 Oct 2020

This article is old – Publication: Wednesday October 21, 2020

Flintshire Council has called on people to respect ‘our natural environment‘ during the upcoming 17-day ‘firewall’ lockdown which begins on Friday.

The safety call comes after a number of incidents at Wepre Park over the summer, in which mountain rescue teams have been called in to help injured visitors.

Wales will enter a ‘short and sharp firewall’ at the end of this week to help regain control of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said on Monday.

The fortnightly action is needed to “save lives and prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed”. He said.

The firebreak will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday October 23 and end on Monday November 9.

It will apply to all people living in Wales and will replace local restrictions currently in place in Flintshire.

The parks and playgrounds will remain open during the firewall period but “we don’t have to travel by car to visit them,” the city council said.

The Welsh government says: “Exercise should be done locally – from home or as close to home as possible.

“In general, this shouldn’t involve people going to a place far from their home for this purpose. “

“No long-distance travel should be taken, for example, just for exercise in the countryside or in places of beauty. “

“People with specific health or mobility issues, however, may need to travel from home to be able to exercise.

“For example, some wheelchair users may not be able to start exercising immediately outside their home for convenient access, and may need to get to a flat area. appropriate, such as a park, for this purpose. “

As lockdown restrictions were relaxed over the summer, Wepre Park saw unprecedented numbers of visitors, a Ranger told Deeside.com it was the busiest they have ever seen.

It was also an unprecedented time for the North East Wales Search and Rescue Team (NEWSAR) who have been called to the park four times over the summer to help injured visitors.

A spokesperson for Flintshire Council said: ‘We would like to remind everyone to stay safe while traveling. “

“After a number of incidents and injuries this summer, particularly in Wepre Park where emergency services had to be called, be prepared and wear the right equipment.”

“This semester, enjoy and respect our natural environment, but be responsible and take care of yourself and yours.”

The council issued the following directives:

  • Be prepared and plan ahead
  • Wear shoes suitable for the terrain
  • Dress for the weather
  • Check where you are going is open and accessible
  • Remember the physical or social distance
  • Bring your litter home
  • Be a responsible dog owner
  • Follow the campaign code

Councilor Carolyn Thomas, Flintshire County Council Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Countryside, said:

“We want residents to continue to enjoy our local green spaces, which are enchanting throughout the seasons, in complete safety. “

“Please help everyone by cooperating, follow the rules and regulations and stay safe, stay local.”

Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the Welsh Government website as a guide to what you can and cannot do during this time gov.wales/coronavirus-circuit-pause-frequently requested-questions.

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