Mum calls for action over park left in a ‘terrible state’
THE mother of a two-year-old boy has called for action from the borough council after finding a children’s play area in Sawley covered in broken glass and rubbish.
Emma Murdock took her son, Jacob, to the play area, off Draycott Road, close to the medical centre, last Sunday and found it littered with glass, plastic bottles, and crisp and sweet wrappers.
She says she is frustrated at the situation and that it is not the first time the play area has been left in a “terrible state”.
The park is the responsibility of Erewash Borough Council and is one of 53 play areas overseen by the authority.
Emma, who lives in Sawley, said CCTV could provide a solution and claims that older children living in the area are the culprits.
She said: “On the rare occasion we take a walk down to Sawley park, more times than not it is left in a terrible state by older children who are using it as a place to doss around.
“They leave it in a terrible state, with mounds of rubbish and broken glass.
“It is incredibly frustrating as we have what was a nice facility, put in for the children of Sawley, and it is being ruined by a minority.
“There could be a few reasons for this. It could be there is not much locally which is affordable for older children to keep them occupied.
“These things cost a lot of money and should be treated with respect.
“It can be intimidating taking young children to the park. Older children tend to group around and sit underneath the slide. This is an issue for parents and younger children.
“Ways need to be found to resolve this, perhaps installing CCTV so the individuals concerned can be identified and proceedings brought against them by the police.
“The police could also target the parents’ as they have responsibility for their children’s actions.”
Dave Bramwell, the council’s head of green space and street scene, said: “The play areas receive a weekly safety inspection. If any debris is found it is removed.
“If the council receives any public reports of damage, vandalism or mess, these are addressed by our cleaning team as soon as practically possible.
“Council employees attended this site on a daily basis last week and they report that little or no smashed glass was present on site.”
Jacob Murdock, two, at the children’s play area in Sawley. His mother Emma, below, is frustrated about broken glass and litter left there.