Par­ents’ plea to save play­ground

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ @jamie_lopez1

ASOUTHPORT play­ground has been closed by Sefton Coun­cil af­ter be­ing deemed “not fit for pur­pose’.

The coun­cil says that de­spite re­peated main­te­nance work, the equip­ment has suf­fered rapid de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in re­cent months.

The play­ground, lo­cated out­side Kew Woods Pri­mary School on Ov­ing­ton Drive, will now have its equip­ment perme­nently re­moved.

The fa­cil­i­ties are reg­u­larly used by pupils at the start and end of the school day, as well as by younger chil­dren wait­ing to col­lect sib­lings with their par­ents.

De­spite the pop­u­lar­ity of the play­ground, the coun­cil’s cabi­net has now ap­proved the de­ci­sion to close it.

A Sefton Coun­cil spokesman said: “The play­ground at Ov­ing­ton Drive is over 30 years old and while we have tried to sus­tain it with reg­u­lar inspections and main­te­nance, the site has re­cently seen rapid de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.

“As a re­sult we have de­cided to close the fa­cil­ity and de­com­mis­sion the old equip­ment, which was done with cabi­net ap­proval and ward coun­cil­lors no­ti­fied.

“While this is dis­ap­point­ing, the near­est al­ter­na­tive play­ground site to Ov­ing­ton Drive can be found at Town Lane which is only a quar­ter of a mile away. “The Town Lane play­ground has re­ceived sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment in the last few years and the equip­ment there has only re­cently been re-painted, mean­ing pro­vi­sion is still avail­able for fam­i­lies to en­joy.”

The de­ci­sion has been met with dis­may from par­ents who live in the are and an on­line pe­ti­tion has now been launched to save the play­ground.

The pe­ti­tion, started by Nat Glen­non and signed more than 700 times in its first day, states: “Fol­low­ing the re­cent news re­gard­ing the play­ground on the Kew Es­tate be­ing re­moved, i feel it has up­set a lot of peo­ple.

“As small as it may be, it brings a lot of joy to a lot of chil­dren and I’m sure many will be dis­ap­pointed to see this go.

“On be­half of my chil­dren, I am start­ing this pe­ti­tion in the hope the coun­cil se­ri­ously re­con­sider their de­ci­sion.”

Sefton Coun­cil has closed the play­ground out­side Kew Woods Pri­mary School on Ov­ing­ton Drive

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