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Playarea in Bourne is unsafe for children, say parents

Taped off play equipment at Bourne Wellhead children's play area.  Childminders Claire Carter, left, and  Paula Brett who are unhappy with the  condition of the play area.
Photo: MSMP270314-017ow

Taped off play equipment at Bourne Wellhead children's play area. Childminders Claire Carter, left, and Paula Brett who are unhappy with the condition of the play area. Photo: MSMP270314-017ow

A playarea with broken equipment at the Wellhead in Bourne is too dangerous for children to use, say worried parents.

Now mums and childminders who are forced to visit parks outside the town are calling on the district council to fix the problems.

Paula Brett, of Beech Avenue, Bourne, said: “We are very concerned.

“The equipment has been broken or faulty for some time now. The area is no longer safe for children.”

Ofsted registered child-minder Paula said that last November she contacted South Kesteven District Council, which is responsible for the upkeep of the Wellhead, to tell them of the damage.

But she said that all the council had done was tape off the equipment so that it could not be used.

The district council told the us this week it was aware of the problems and was working to get the 
playground back into use very soon.

Paula, who along with fellow childminder Claire Carter decided to take action after reading posts on the Bourne Parents Facebook page, where mums complained about the state of the park, said: “You can see from the comments that at least two small children have been injured after falling through broken slats on the small wooden bridge.

“We’ve decided something has to be done because we’re fed up with it.”

Mike Smith, operations team leader at the district council said: “The area where maintenance is required in the park has been cordoned off and we are continuing to advise park users not to use this equipment until further notice.

“We’re aware of the repairs needed to bring this area of the park back into use and work will take place in the coming weeks to make the necessary adjustments.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause for park users.”

Paula, who takes her own five-year-old son, Zachary to the park, along with children she is minding added: “Children have the right to play in a safe environment. They need to play outside.

“We were assured in November that it would be sorted but nothing was done.

“We want them to replace or repair the equipment so children can use them again.

“Our children deserve better.”

 

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