Re­vamp hope for kids’ play­ground branded a ‘dan­ger’

Llanelli Star - - NEWS - Bethan Thomas @BethanT210­20179 [email protected]­line.co.uk 0179254558­1

PAR­ENTS have raised con­cerns about dan­gers in a chil­dren’s park in Llanelli af­ter many young­sters have been left in­jured, with some even hav­ing to visit the hos­pi­tal – but a coun­cil­lor has said a £20,000 re­vamp is in the pipeline.

They say Dan y Banc park in Felinfoel boasts a num­ber of haz­ards in­clud­ing bro­ken equip­ment, rust­ing paint­work with jagged edges and Tar­mac with chunks miss­ing.

Par­ents have claimed that the park has been the source of many in­juries in­clud­ing jammed fin­gers, cuts from the rusted paint, a sprained knee and even a bro­ken wrist.

Res­i­dent and mum of four Zoe Williams said: “Dan y Banc com­mu­nity is full of kids and they should have some­where out­side to play. I just feel like the coun­cil have aban­doned it and left it to go to ruin.

“Chil­dren are al­ways fall­ing and tripping over be­cause there are chunks of Tar­mac miss­ing from the floor, and a friend of mine’s daugh­ter even broke her wrist last year.

“Last Satur­day I had to go to A&E with my nineyear-old daugh­ter af­ter she fell off the seat­ing area where the equip­ment is bro­ken and landed on her knee. She sprained it quite badly and the doc­tors were re­ally shocked it wasn’t bro­ken,” adds 32-year-old Ms Williams.

The park, which is man­aged by Llanelli Ru­ral Coun­cil, is the only one in the area, and has also been a trou­ble spot for van­dal­ism and fly-tip­ping.

A lo­cal res­i­dent who placed a memo­rial bench in the park was forced to re­move the bench due to the high scale of van­dal­ism it was sub­jected to.

Un­for­tu­nately par­ents have be­come ac­cus­tomed to the sad state of the par.

Dad-of-four Dwein Davies said: “It’s been a grad­ual de­cline over the past nine years.

“I was so shocked at the state of it when we started go­ing there, a park in Ch­er­nobyl would be in a bet­ter state of re­pair.”

The park was pre­vi­ously owned by Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil who had in­tended to de­mol­ish the play­ground and dis­pose of the land un­til it was taken over by Llanelli Ru­ral Coun­cil ear­lier this year.

How­ever, Llanelli Ru­ral coun­cil­lor Bill Thomas says that there might be a glim­mer of light at the end of the play­ground’s tunnel.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day, Mr Thomas, who rep­re­sents Felinfoel, said: “I have spo­ken to many res­i­dents over the past few months about the play­ground and on Sun­day was sent pho­tos taken by a par­ent who was con­cerned about the con­di­tion of some of the equip­ment.”

“I was rung in the past hour by an of­fi­cer of Llanelli Ru­ral Coun­cil who told me that a par­ent had been in touch to say that a child had been in­jured by fall­ing off the play­ground equip­ment.

“I have been as­sured that this in­ci­dent will be in­ves­ti­gated and the coun­cil will en­sure the equip­ment is safe.

“Llanelli Ru­ral Coun­cil is also wait­ing for en­gi­neers to come to the play­ground to carry out the re­fur­bish­ments planned for the play­ground.

“Llanelli Ru­ral Coun­cil put the fi­nal touches to the for­mal asset trans­fer of the fa­cil­ity from Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil when it gave its stamp of ap­proval to com­plete a 99-year lease for the trans­fer of the play­ground at its coun­cil meet­ing held on Tues­day evening.

“The play­ground will now un­dergo a pro­gramme of ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ment cost­ing in the re­gion of £20,000 to breathe new life into the play fa­cil­i­ties in sup­port of the trans­fer.”

Zoe Williams with her chil­dren Is­abel Williams, aged 9, Rihanna Williams, 8 and AJ Williams, 6, along with young­sters Carla Richards, 10, and Lo­gan McMaster, 8, at the chil­dren’s park in Dan y Banc Llanelli.

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