Mum hits out at park’s condition
New surface around play area would help
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