Play­ground dan­ger

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - News - By Nuria Pérez nperez@cb­

ORIHUELA town hall has been warned over the lack of main­te­nance and the danger­ous con­di­tion of play­grounds in Orihuela Costa by Va­len­cia re­gion om­bus­d­man, José Cholbí.

Sr Cholbí noted that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched af­ter news­pa­pers high­lighted the is­sue and the in­ac­tion of the coun­cil.

The om­buds­man stated that the coun­cil had ad­mit­ted the prob­lems and was aware of the risk to chil­dren and res­i­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to Sr Cholbí, the coun­cil had partly blamed con­struc­tion com­pa­nies for the sit­u­a­tion be­cause they had not re­paired dam­aged play­grounds and parks.

As a re­sult they could not be handed over to the coun­cil.

How­ever, he stressed that the coun­cil can be held re­spon­si­ble for any ac­ci­dent or in­jury due to its lack of ac­tion and ‘ir­reg­u­lar be­hav­iour’.

He urged the coun­cil to launch a com­pre­hen­sive and ur­gent re­pair and main­te­nance pro­gramme. They should es­tab­lish a work sched­ule as ‘sim­ply bud­get­ing money is not enough’.

Sr Cholbí also asked the coun­cil to take ac­tion to force builders to com­plete and re­pair parks and play­grounds.

The town plan­ning department has a se­vere short­age of ad­min­is­tra­tive staff and the sit­u­a­tion is chaotic in of­fices, such as the in­spec­tion unit.

Vil­la­martín res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion pointed out that the coun­cil was of­fi­cially asked 20 days ago to re­move a very sharp metal piece from a play­ground but noth­ing has been done.

“This is the only play­ground in the PAU-8 and PAU26 ur­ban­i­sa­tions which can be used by chil­dren be­cause all other play­grounds are in such a poor con­di­tion,” noted the as­so­ci­a­tion.

An Orihuela Costa park

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