Worried residents call for safety improvements at 'neglected'
residents in Highbridge have demanded urgent action to improve
the safety of a "neglected" council-run play area.
Residents say the Talbot Close play area on the town's Morland
Estate urgently needs attention from Sedgemoor District Council.
councillor Alan Miller told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This play
area is in serious need of attention - the ground surface is cracking
apart and the equipment is rusting after years of neglect."
seriously needs looking at. The district council should be prioritising
work here and, if necessary, closing it in the meantime to ensure
no-one gets hurt."
Gray from Highbridge Residents Association, pictured at the play
area, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It is a lovely little park,
but it definitely needs a facelift. The district council says
money is available in its RLT2 community fund from housing developers
but the play area has not been prioritised for the work."
such a shame that such a well-used play area as this has not been
touched by the council since it was built many years ago. If we
get the funding from Sedgemooor, I'd like local children to get
involved in helping to paint the equipment and make it safe again."
Parks Officer Harley Cook confirmed that Talbot Close is on its
list of local play areas in the Burnham-On-Sea area due to allocated
to receive funding for improvements, however he explained that
the work is prioritised.
are 12 play areas on the list and we proceed with improvements
at the rate of two or three a year. Talbot Close is not at the
top of the list, so it could be a couple of years away from receiving
funding," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com, adding that the nearby
Apex Park play area had received a
James Presley from Sedgemoor District Council's Clean Surroundings
Team added that families should not have safety concerns about
the play area. "Regular health and safety inspections are
carried out in Talbot Close and at all of our play areas,"
are inspected weekly by our operations staff and monthly by external
inspectors so if any problems are found they are quickly rectified
to ensure safety is maintained."
the Town Council's Clerk, Eileen Shaw, confirmed that she is writing
to Sedgemoor District Council this week to follow up the calls