Playground youngsters waited five years for closed after three weeksBy Jennie Slevin
December 05, 2012
Children forced to wait five years for a play park at a new housing estate had their fun spoilt when it closed after just three weeks.
Families feel ‘let down’ after the long-awaited play area in The Parks was closed by developers Taylor Wimpey after it became a mud bath last Thursday.
The developers blamed a lack of grass for the temporary closure of the park in Hawk Lane.
Disgruntled dad Steve Dalton, of The Parks, said: “It’s ridiculous that a lack of grass has closed the park. I understand they don’t want to be responsible for a child hurting themselves but it’s a park, children fall over all the time.
“I have a three-year-old daughter who’s very distressed, she thinks it’s her park and she doesn’t understand why she now can’t play in it. She’s distraught and my wife’s had a really tough day with her trying to explain why she can’t use it. We’ve been living here for five years and we’ve been waiting the whole time for a play park which we were promised when we moved in.”
Steve said the closure means he has to walk for 25 minutes with his daughter to get to the nearest play area.
He added he suggested to Taylor Wimpey they use tarmac to cover the area but said he was told it was against the company’s planning agreement.
He added: “The grass there is really marshy and I’m not convinced it’s going to grow.
“I’ll be really upset if they wait until next year for the grass to grow, then decide it won’t and put concrete over it at a later date.”
A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: “Grass seed sown within the play area had failed to take root, and after it had been opened for a short time the ground became cut up and muddy.
“As a result, the play area has been temporarily closed, a new surface will be laid, and we anticipate it reopening in the near future.”