September 24, 2014
Mother raises 'serious play area safety concerns' at Burnham park

A Burnham-On-Sea mother has called for urgent safety improvements to a play area in the town after her daughter was left hanging from her neck when she got caught on a rope.

Several parents have raised concerns about the state of the Rosewood Play Area, which opened in March 2013.

One parent, who wants to stay anonymous, told "I have written to the council to lodge a formal complaint regarding the children's play equipment that is extremely dangerous."

"My three year old was playing on the 'seesaw' type frame when she lost her balance and fell to the side, only to find that the rope was so slack that it did not support her fall."

"Her body fell through the gap and she was momentarily hanging from her neck which had got caught on the rope."

"Upon inspection it appears that the rope is indeed meant to be much tighter but for some reason the post at the end is lose and has screws missing from the base where it is attached to the play equipment."

She added: "This is extremely serious and I am angry that children's play equipment could even possibly turn this dangerous."

Sedgemoor District Council, which runs the park, says it is aware of the matter and is addressing it.

Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told "We have received a complaint and are investigating."

She added that all playground equipment at council-run parks across the district are checked on a regular basis.

Pictured: The play park's equipment at the centre of the safety concerns


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