Clock ticking on vandalised play park repairs
PUBLISHED: 16:00 25 May 2014
A DEADLINE for the completion of repair work to a vandalised play area is looming for developers, amid calls from residents for urgent action.
The area, off Walford Avenue in North Worle, has been left in disrepair for more than five years and North Somerset Council has made developers aware that the clock is ticking.
But one of the companies says it is waiting on a formal ‘green light’ from the authority, so it does not disturb any wildlife during the bird-nesting season.
Work has been put on hold as North Somerset Council stated it refuses to adopt the land until outstanding work is completed by the consortium of developers, which includes Mead Realisations, Persimmon and Bloor Homes.
A council spokesman said: “In the past there have been several unsuccessful attempts to construct a play area in the Walford Ave area but they (the consortium) failed because of vandalism.
“In January a target date of May 31 was agreed for them to complete the outstanding remedial work.
“If the work has not been completed by that date we will need to consider what action we will take.
“From the council’s perspective we want the consortium to complete the outstanding work which means we would then be in a position to consider adopting the area.
“We would not be prepared to adopt an area which would immediately need money spending on it which would fall on the council taxpayer.”
But head of one of the developers, Derek Mead of Mead Realisations, said: “We are still waiting on a letter from North Somerset to say we can get on with it because we are in the bird-nesting season.
“It is also in the hands of the other developers and they are dealing with it at the moment.
“The play area was vandalised and we agreed with the council to take it out.
“If they want to sort it out properly and put a play area there it could be done well because there is a surplus of land there.
“That is logical, but when you have a council that is not logical, that idea will never happen.”
The Mercury also contacted both Persimmon and Bloor Homes but did not receive a comment from either before going to press.