Locks Ride park users celebrate court rulingBy Becky Barnes
May 31, 2012
Supporters of the Locks Ride play park beamed and held their banners with pride after a judge chose to save their community playground.
The Support Locks Ride Play Park group handed over a petition with more than 3,000 names pledging support for the facility to Winkfield Parish Council before the verdict was heard.
Lynette Robertson, one of the organisers of the campaign, said: “This has always been about the children and giving children a voice.
“I didn’t know what to expect but it is the outcome I hoped for.
“I am looking forward to telling everyone in our Facebook group that the children will be able to enjoy it as they want to.
“Children have a right to play and be children and I am so pleased the judge acknowledged that.”
Lynette set up a Facebook support group during the court case which has nearly 3,500 supporters. Residents around the Locks Ride play park decorated their homes and gardens with banners pledging support in the lead-up to the verdict.
Mum-of-two Amanda Burton, of Parker’s Lane, who attended the verdict, said: “We go to the park every week at least, or more so if the weather is nice.
“It is brilliant – not just for the children but for the parents. We are delighted with this news.”
Outside the court, Councillor Alan Kendall, chairman of Winkfield Parish Council, said: “The council is very pleased with the outcome and hopes this playground can now continue to be enjoyed by all those who have showed their support, which the council is very grateful for.
“We remain committed to providing first class facilities and will always consider any comments or decisions made.”