Safety fears at kids’ park

Seafront play tower con­cerns

Ayrshire Post - - News - Stu­art Wil­son

The cen­tre­piece of a pop­u­lar chil­dren’s play­park has been shut down due to safety fears.

Coun­cil chiefs moved to close off the multi- play tower unit at Ayr seafront af­ter un­cov­er­ing “a num­ber of health and safety risks”.

It fol­lows a rou­tine in­spec­tion at the prom­e­nade site.

The unit, which has been in place for around 23 years, has been taken out of use with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Coun­cil bosses stressed all other equip­ment at the park was still safe to use.

A £ 260,000 re­place­ment - agreed as part of the re­cent South Ayr­shire bud­get - will now be erected in its place.

Coun­cil­lor Ian Cochrane said: “Our Ayr seafront play area is hugely pop­u­lar with lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike and we need to en­sure it’s safe and fit for pur­pose, es­pe­cially as we head to­wards the forth­com­ing school hol­i­days.

“Sadly, the most re­cent in­spec­tion iden­ti­fied a num­ber of is­sues with the multi- play tim­ber tower unit that mean it is un­safe for use and we have taken the re­spon­si­ble de­ci­sion to close off that par­tic­u­lar piece of equip­ment.

“The unit has served us well – it’s al­most a quar­ter of a cen­tury old – but wear and tear and its coastal lo­ca­tion have now fi­nally taken their toll.

“How­ever, the good news is that a new mod­ern multi- play tower unit will take its place and work is al­ready un­der­way to progress this.

“In the mean­time, as we be­gin the process to re­move the ex­ist­ing unit, I ask all vis­i­tors to heed the safety notices in place and to make use of the avail­able play equip­ment to en­sure they stay safe while hav­ing fun at the seafront.”

play tower Safety fears sparked dur­ing rou­tine in­spec­tion

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