Mum calls for ac­tion over park left in a ‘ter­ri­ble state’

Derby Telegraph - - NEWS - By ED­DIE BISKNELL Lo­cal democ­racy re­porter ed­die.bisknell@reach­plc.com @Ed­dieBisk

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.

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