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Call for investment at playground in Bourne

Taped off play equipment at Bourne Wellhead children's play area.  Childminders Paula Brett, left, and Claire Carter, who are unhappy with the  condition of the play area.
Photo: MSMP270314-018ow

Taped off play equipment at Bourne Wellhead children's play area. Childminders Paula Brett, left, and Claire Carter, who are unhappy with the condition of the play area. Photo: MSMP270314-018ow

A mother of three has started a petition calling for major investment in a playarea in Bourne so children and families can enjoy the outdoors.

Anna Rogers wants to be able to take Ben, seven, Lilly, five and Sam, three, to The Wellhead where the children’s playground was in a state of disrepair for some months.

Earlier this month mum Paula Brett told the Mercury that when she complained to South Kesteven District Council, they had simply taped off the damaged equipment leaving the area unsafe.

Soon afterwards, however, the council took action and replaced a few of the damaged equipment,repaired some and are “inspecting and assessing other features for further repairs”.

Nevertheless Mrs Rogers, 33, of Tarragon Way, has started a petition on the district council’s website because she believes the town “deserves a better playarea”.

The petition states: “We the undersigned petition the council to update and add new play equipment to the playarea at the Wellhead Park in Bourne and to install safety flooring that can be used in all weathers.

“The play equipment at the Wellhead park is old and broken and the ground is boggy in the winter. The fence around the site is broken in a number of places. The play area needs investment so that families can enjoy the park again. Bourne is a thriving town with lots of young families - we should have a better play area to enjoy.”

It has already attracted 90 signatories in just a week. It requires 2,500 signatures to get to the council’s scrutiny committee for discussion and 5,000 signatures for it to be debated by the full council.

The district council’s property development manager Neil Cucksey said the council was aware of the local concerns and were “spending more than £2,000 on repairs at the park” and were working with contractors to make the area even safer.

He said: “Features that needed immediate attention have been repaired including boarding on the playdale multi-play, which will be replaced shortly with plastic panels to stop it eroding.

“Metal links on the chain bridge of the swings, the handle on a sit on spring see-saw and a stop on a gate which has been damaged will be rectified.

“A new net on the older play area, replacement of the cradle swings and chains in the toddler area and maintenance on a gate post will also commence.

“One spring horse at the site is currently out of use because of a shredded bolt and will be replaced as soon as possible.”

Mrs Rogers said she wants her children to “play outside as much as possible in a safe environment”.

To sign the petition go to {http://moderngov.southkesteven.gov.uk/mgEPetitionListDisplay.aspx?&TPID=2177013 |http://moderngov.southkesteven.gov.uk/mgEPetitionListDisplay.aspx?&TPID=2177013}

 

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