Playground chop enrages parents

LOCKED OUT! -- angry schoolchildren and parents outside the gates to the closed playground -- DISPIC NHUD11-3299-3

LOCKED OUT! -- angry schoolchildren and parents outside the gates to the closed playground -- DISPIC NHUD11-3299-3

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FUMING parents have hit out at an “out-of-the-blue” decision to close a popular Bulwell playground and strip it of its equipment.

The site on Ragdale Road is just metres from St Mary’s Church Of England Primary School. But owner Nottingham City Council has said it has plans to invest money elsewhere and cannot afford to maintain the kit at the playground.

It says the land will remain as open green space.

However, parents are furious about the move and have launched a campaign, including a support group on Facebook entitled ‘Bring Back Our Park’.

Mum-of-five Leanne South (35), of Longford Crescent, Bulwell Hall Estate, said: “We didn’t find out about the closure in advance.

“I took my daughter to school in the morning and everything was fine. I took my son to school in the afternoon and the equipment was on the back of a lorry.

“I was shocked. The playground wasn’t the best but it was a park that was well used and gave parents a chance to chat while children played.

“We have launched a petition and we have won backing from the school. My three-year-old son cried because the park has gone. It is absolutely awful.”

Coun David Trimble (Lab), the city council’s lead member for leisure, said the closure was because of budget decisions.

He added that £90,000 was being invested in a new Bulwell Hall playground, while a £10,000 makeover had been carried out at a playground on Commercial Road.

Coun Trimble said the policy now was to have fewer playgrounds but to concentrate on making them top quality.

“Both of these playgrounds will have some of the best features available and are less than a ten-minute walk from Ragdale Road,” he concluded.