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Longridge play area equipment condemned
5:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
AN award-winning park has had its play equipment condemned after residents expressed concerns about its safety The equipment is set to be replaced after an inspection of the site led to the facilities being deemed as ‘no longer fit for purpose’.
It comes six months after John Smith’s Playing Field in Longridge was awarded diamond jubilee status alongside Clitheroe’s Castle Park and Brungerley Park, protecting it for future generations.
Ribble Valley Borough Council has secured £20,226 of the total £24,420 cost from the Sita Trust, with the rest of the funding being provided by the council.
The Longridge Social Enterprise Company have identified improvements at the site as a priority for the town after a consultation with park users.
The approval for the project is set to be debated by the council’s community services committee on Tuesday.
Longridge Councillor, Stuart Carefoot, who is a member of Ribble Valley Borough Council, said: “The site gets regularly inspected and it’s important to stay on top of any maintenance work.
“It’s positive that the borough council have acted so quickly after the issue was discovered and it’s good that they have a plan ready to take to committee already.
“It’s a popular and prominent park in the town and it’s important that we make sure the equipment is up to scratch.”
Longridge resident Carl Anderson, 54, said: “You hear scare stories all of the time about kids falling from play equipment because they are unsafe and seriously injuring themselves.
“It’s the council’s responsibility to look after and maintain the facilities in their parks and I’m glad that they are being proactive in this case.
“It’s also good that they are not having to raise any additional money through raising council tax a bit in order to pay for this work.”
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