: Waiting for next track...

Harrogate play area users urged to go smoke free

no smoking sign closeup

6:05am 3rd June 2018

Signs aimed at persuading people not to smoke in children’s play areas are being installed in parks across Harrogate district, following a successful trial last year.

They carry the message: ‘We play here. Please don’t smoke in our play area’.

The hope is the signs will make people think twice before they smoke near children’s play areas, reducing the possibility of passive smoking.

In 2014, the council carried out a public consultation on what people thought about the issue of smoking in children’s play areas. 

80 per cent of the responses were in favour of action being taken. 

As a result, signs were trialled in three of the council’s play areas: Harrogate’s Valley Gardens, Fysche Hall Field near Knaresborough Pool and Ripon Spa Park. 

The feedback from those sites has been positive and anecdotal evidence suggests the number of people smoking in, or immediately around the play areas, has reduced.

With joint funding from Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council’s ‘smoke free places’ fund, another 24 signs are now being installed across the district. 

Eventually, it’s hoped signs will be displayed in all 60 of the council’s play areas.

Councillor Andy Paraskos, cabinet member with responsibility for play areas, said:

“I’m really pleased we’re able to extend this scheme to more of our play areas.

‘It isn’t about telling people what they can or can’t do in our parks – the no smoking message is voluntary.

“Instead, we just want smokers to think twice before they light-up where youngsters are playing.

“Passive smoking is a serious issue, especially for children, who are at much greater risk from respiratory infections caused by second-hand smoke.”

Pictured: Tony Jackson, play area inspector, installing one of the ‘please do not smoke’ signs at Belmont Park, Starbeck.

More news from across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale

Breaking local news for Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale direct to your mobile from Stray FM

Share This Story

Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2018 announced

2018's best Crime Novel announced in Harrogate

Winner unveiled at Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

Most read
Restaurant

Another Harrogate restaurant set to close

All Cau restaurants are shuting after the chain went into administration.

Newer article

Week left to fill in Rural Crime Survey

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: So far just over 2,000 people in North Yorkshire have already completed it.

Top articles

Woman in hospital after crash in Knayton

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: A woman's been rescued by fire crews after a crash in Knayton.

Slug and Lettuce owner toasts £50m takeover of Be At One chain

National: The pubs giant behind the Slug and Lettuce chain will add to its portfolio this week when it swoops for Be At One, the cocktail bars, in a £50m deal.

Hundreds join search for missing jogger Mollie Tibbetts in Iowa

World: Hundreds of volunteers have joined police in the search for a US student who went missing while out jogging.

The Open: Francesco Molinari crowned champion in Carnoustie thriller

Sport: Francesco Molinari has been crowned the Champion Golfer of the Year after a sensational final day of The 147th Open at Carnoustie.

3rd Rock From The Sun actress Elmarie Wendel dies aged 89

Showbiz: Actress Elmarie Wendel, who was best known for her role as Mrs Dubcek in American sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun, has died aged 89.

The final stop of the End of Term Tour!

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Nick Hancock and Specsavers took the Breakfast Show to Roecliffe Primary School

Another Harrogate restaurant set to close

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: All Cau restaurants are shuting after the chain went into administration.

Considering a career as solicitor?

Business: Get advice from a Q&A session with local students and an expert.

The final stop of the End of Term Tour!

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Nick Hancock and Specsavers took the Breakfast Show to Roecliffe Primary School

Stepping up to the mic for The Ramones

70s On This Day: Changing the voice of this iconic punk rock band

Harrogate Hospice's sculpture tribute for loved-ones

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: A new sculpture will pay a lasting tribute to loved-ones at Harrogate's Spring Flower Show.

Unique Sixth Form Experience

Education: A staggering 92% of pupils from St Aidan's and St John Fisher's Associated Sixth Form gained places at their first or second choice institution.

Time for afternoon tea...Bizzie Lizzie's style

Food and Drink: Bizzie Lizzie's high street car park restaurant in Skipton has extended and revamped their afternoon tea menu.

New children's waiting room opens at Harrogate A&E

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Staff hope it'll make the emergency department less scary for young patients.

POISONED: Red kite found dead near Knaresborough

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Police have received confirmation of the poisoning.

Top Party Dresses for the Festive Season

Christmas: Local Blogger, the Harrogate Girl, picks the best frocks, gowns and outfits for the big Christmas parties of 2017.

The Yorkshire floods: one year on

Special Reports: People affected by last year's downpours describe what has happened in the last 12 months

Delve into deliciousness at Mother Shiptons Inn

Test pages: We sent Stray FM's James Stanley to try out the new menu at Mother Shipton's Inn Knaresborough.

LIVE: Stage 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The Final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire is on today today, passing through Otley, Blubberhouses, Pateley Bridge and Skipton.

Tour de Yorkshire host venues confirmed

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: There'll be no re-run of this year's memorable Tour de France stage finish in Harrogate.

Pedestrian killed on A59 near Broughton

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Police appeal for witnesses after Keighley man killed in accident

Poll

Are you ready for the Summer Holidays?

Trending in Yorkshire

Woman in hospital after crash in Knayton

A woman's been rescued by fire crews after a crash in Knayton.

Five people in hospital after serious crash near Ingleton

Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious crash near Ingleton yesterday afternoon.

Dry weather to force closure of Leeds-Liverpool Canal west of Gargrave

Canal likely to remain shut to boats throughout August.

Concerns remain about North Yorkshire Police's 101 service

The leader of a police force’s watchdog is pressing for further improvements.

Second time lucky for rescheduled Bilton Gala

Event was postponed in May after heavy rain left the sight waterlogged.

More news...