Concerns raised over safety of children's play area in Lincolnshire town
CONCERNS about the safety of children using a Wainfleet All Saints play area have been raised by a local resident.
Ken Shelton, whose young grandson regularly uses the Magdalen Green, said he first raised issues with a town councillor around 18 months ago and believes the site is dangerous.
He says that the council hasn’t invested in repairs to the popular park and a child could be injured.
Mr Shelton said: “It’s in a bad state of repair and needs sorting out.
“The grass hadn’t been cut for a long time although it has been done now. There is a bridge kids walk across on chains with loose planks that haven’t been repaired.
“There is a skirting which contained chippings but the chippings have gone and the skirting is left sticking up.
“The swings have not been replaced and have been taken down. There is a maze which is only three foot high and there’s lots of sticks broken and pieces of wood sticking up – if a child falls over they will cut their knees.
“They want to do a skateboard park there but if they are going to do the same as they have done with this it will be a problem. My grandson likes to go there virtually everyday, I pick him up from school and he goes on there and plays but it’s very dangerous.”
Other safety concerns include missing safety surface tiles and loose matting which would have been covered by bark chippings but are now a trip hazard.
Wainfleet All Saints Mayor, Cllr Bruce Crisp said: “In recent years, we have had a ROSPA safety check done. This was acted upon and repairs were made to some of the equipment and the swings were removed because they were considered dangerous.
“Three tonnes of safety bark was laid, however, this has been stolen. ELDC were supposed to be litter picking the green, but have not done so since our town cleaner retired.
“We now waiting for a report from SNP, a specialist play equipment company as to what maintenance needs to be done and the cost involved.”