1 League launch petition in a bid to change city council minds

Peterborough & District League bosses have launched an online petition in a bid to force Peterborough City Council chiefs into a U-turn.

League chiefs have been angered by the council's decision to remove the provision of groundsmen at their local football pitches at weekends.

The move is part of cost-cutting measures which were approved in the council's budget for the year ahead.

It will mean that those teams who hire city council facilities - which cost up to £55 - are responsible for putting up the nets and cleaning changing rooms themselves.

Peterborough League secretary Wendy Newey is the driving force behind the petition and hopes to gain more than a thousand signatures.

She said: "The move to withdraw caretaker services at weekends is only going to serve to hurt grassroots clubs, who are already under a lot of strain.

"They will be required to put up the nets themselves, clean changing rooms and also carry out any necessary maintenance to the pitches.

"I appreciate the council are working hard to save money in the tough financial climate, but we feel Peterborough is in need of good-quality sporting provision.

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