CCTV a 'must' for play park plans

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 January 2015

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FEARS have been raised that a new play park planned for Worle may be trashed by vandals and attract antisocial behaviour.

The Walford Avenue play park was taken out more than five years ago after it was vandalised.

The Mercury has previously reported residents’ frustrations over delays to replace the park, which came after developers took more than 20 years to settle up section 106 agreements – arrangements made between local authorities and developers for contributions towards infrastructure – meaning North Somerset Council has only just taken over the space.

But now there is £160,000 in the budget, prompting residents to share their views on how they would like to see it spent at a meeting of the North Worle Forum.

Speaking at its January meeting, Worle councillor Marcia Pepperall said: “People would really love to have adult gym facilities there and then it’s going to cover all ages.

“It is very often grandparents taking grandchildren to parks, so some good benches would be great.”

But others raised concerns about littering, vandalism and dog mess.

Mike Smerdon, said: “I have lived opposite the area for nine years. I have got two children who would massively benefit from having a play park opposite the house. But, since it’s been taken out, we don’t get all the kids smoking drugs and drinking of the evening. That is when problems occur, it’s not in the day.

“In terms of having seating for grandparents to use that is fantastic. But at night it provides a congregation area for kids to hang around. There must be lights put up making sure its nice and bright.”

North Worle councillor Sonia Russé added: “We are talking about an area for small children but those children grow up. Then we get to teenagers, where we get more problems. I agree CCTV must be part of the plans with the play area.

“We want vandal-proof equipment and much of it is these days.”

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