THE COUNCIL has said it is reluctant to give up control of the maintenance of local authority playing pitches to the clubs that use the facilities.Asked by Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) what procedures a club must take to take responsibility for the maintenance of public sports grounds, the council that these spaces should remain in the control of the council. The local authority explained: 'Playing pitches are located on areas of public open space that have been dedicated for public use. 'Sports clubs receive a weekend allocation of Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, or Sunday afternoon on alternative weekends or any combination of the preceding to allow official fixtures to be played. The rest of the week the lands remain public open space and are available for local schools to play mid-week games, for local children to play informal kickabout and for the general enjoyment of the public.' The council added: ' The dedication process does not pass sufficient title to the council to allow these lands to be privatised in any way.