Park slide fall girl’s mum is su­ing coun­cil

Stockport Times East - - BUSINESS - MATTHEW DAVIS

AMUM is su­ing a coun­cil after her daugh­ter fell off a slide and frac­tured her skull.

Ella Reger was six when she fell from the top of the two-me­tre high slide at Claren­don Road Park, Hazel Grove, in 2012.

Mum Re­becca Farn­dell cam­paigned for parks to be made safe and fol­low­ing le­gal ad­vice, Stock­port coun­cil bosses re­moved play equip­ment from 16 parks and play ar­eas be­cause they didn’t have safety floor­ing.

Solic­i­tors act­ing on be­half of Ms Farn­dell com­mis­sioned an in­de­pen­dent re­port by a spe­cial­ist con­sul­tant in play­ground safety.

It said Ella was not at fault and claims the coun­cil re­peat­edly ig­nored a warn­ing to make im­prove­ments to both the park and the slide, which was at least 30 years old.

Mum-of-three Re­becca, 32, from Hazel Grove, said: “She fell from the top of a high slide onto the hard floor. She could eas­ily have been dead.

“This re­port shows coun­cil of­fi­cials were sav­ing pen­nies and risk­ing our chil­dren’s health. It’s not my fault the parks have gone. They should have been main­tained and kept safe at all times.”

Re­becca led a cam­paign to raise £11,800 for a new lo­cal park.

A coun­cil spokesman said they would not com­ment due to on­go­ing le­gal pro­ceed­ings.

Jon Baxter

Ella Reger with mum Re­becca Farn­dell after Ella fell from the slide

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