Mum hits out at park’s con­di­tion

New sur­face around play area would help

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

A Wishaw mum has hit out at the poor con­di­tion of the town’s Bel­haven Park.

Siob­han Boyle took two-year-old daugh­ter Ada­nia down to the park last week but was left an­gered by the sod­den ground and be­lieves re­plac­ing grass with a dif­fer­ent sur­face in the play area would at­tract more fam­i­lies to Bel­haven.

The 28-year-old said: “My wee girl was soaked and was cry­ing all the way home af­ter she fell at the swings.

“The thing is we don’t have a lot of parks in Wishaw and Bel­haven is one of the best.

“But be­cause it is on grass it means the area around the swings is al­ways covered in pud­dles and the ground is al­ways sod­den.

“The park is also at the bottom of the hill which doesn’t help.

“I know a lot of mums who don’t bother bring­ing their kids down to the park be­cause it’s al­ways flooded and the kids end up get­ting in a mess.

“If the coun­cil put down a bet­ter sur­face or even wood­chips it would be bet­ter.”

Siob­han be­lieves Bel­haven has the po­ten­tial to be one of the best parks in North La­nark­shire if im­prove­ments can be made.

She added: “I think the park could be bril­liant if they take the grass away from the play area.

“The swings, climb­ing frame and baby swings would be well used.

“I sup­pose it all comes down to money but there’s no point in spend­ing a lot of money on equip­ment if peo­ple aren’t go­ing to use it be­cause the grass is soak­ing.”

A coun­cil spokeswoman told the Wishaw Press there were no plans to in­stall a new rub­ber sur­face at the park but that work would be­gin this week to im­prove the park.

The spokeswoman added: “Main­te­nance work was sched­uled for Bel­haven Park on Mon­day when the ex­ist­ing play sur­face will be re­placed to im­prove the fa­cil­ity for chil­dren.”

Im­prove­ments By coun­cil to Bel­haven

Poor con­di­tion Bel­haven Park

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