The Mail on Sunday - - NEWS -

IN 2010, Gateshead Coun­cil spent £350,000 on the Clasper Vil­lage play­ground.

But when the coun­cil an­nounced plans shortly af­ter­wards to knock down the neigh­bour­ing hous­ing es­tate, the play­ground fell into such a state of dis­re­pair that, eight years on, the coun­cil deems it too dan­ger­ous for use and it has been fenced off.

But while they were happy to splash £700,000 on a barely used car park, coun­cil of­fi­cials did not fork out the es­ti­mated £20,000 to re­store the park. A spokesman said: ‘We sim­ply ran out of fund­ing to main­tain the park at a safe level.’

FENCED OFF: The Clasper Vil­lage play­ground

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