Lockdown rules flouted: ‘You cannot fix stupid’, says councillor

Uckfield residents have continued to use the town’s play areas in defiance of the national lockdown rules.

The issue has previously been highlighted by councillors. See our earlier report here

People have also been walking through closed allotment sites which are now for plotholders only.

Dog walkers ignoring signs to keep away from allotment sites during coronavirus pandemic

Town clerk Holly Goring said people were still flouting the rules about play areas across the town and ignoring closed signs.

The council would not, she said, put up high fences or hoardings to keep people out. However, more notices are being put in place.

“It is another plea for people to remember it is a government guideline,” she said.

“Please, please listen to the government announcements because social distancing is there to protect us.”

Cllr Duncan Bennett, commenting at last night’s meeting (May 4)  of the town council’s environment and leisure committee, said:

Cllr Duncan Bennett

“You cannot fix stupid.

“We have had the same situation with the allotments.

“We have had people walking dogs, coming through when it should really only be for allotment holders.

“One of the entrance gates has been locked [Bird in Eye site].

“It is not a public right of way, it is a right of way access for allotment holders and people have still been jumping over [the locked gate].

“You cannot stop them.

“If they are determined to be stupid, they will carry on being stupid.”

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