New play park teens’ ‘drinking den’?

Walford Avenue play park. Photo by Brian Humphries.

Walford Avenue play park. Photo by Brian Humphries. - Credit: Archant

The ‘good work’ done in creating a much-needed play park has been ‘spoilt’ after skips and building equipment were left behind and the area became too muddy to use.

The park in Walford Avenue, which can be accessed from both North Worle and St Georges, was officially opened in December.

It came after years of anticipation from residents after issues with section 106 agreements – deals made between North Somerset Council and developers – caused a delay.

Extensive consultation was held with residents and an impressive park was put in place, including a 5.5-metre climbing net, a zip wire, a toddlers’ bike track and other climbing equipment.

But now the park has become water-logged and unusable in places and people have complained about teenagers using it as a drinking haven.

St Georges resident Brian Humphryes told the Mercury: “All the good work done in construction has been spoilt by one fully-laden rubbish skip and two portacabins, one unlocked and used by grateful teenagers as a drinking den, especially when it is raining.

“It is now several weeks since the grand opening of the play area – but why, oh why, has a fully-loaded rubbish skip and two portacabins – one unlocked – been left on the side?

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“Judging by the number of empty beer cans inside, the teenagers are most grateful.”

Ward councillor for North Worle Marcia Pepperall received a complaint from another resident about the skip and portacabin and so she raised it with council officers.

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The officer said: “Our contractor tried getting the skip and containers off-site before Christmas, however by the time the work was finished the ground was too wet for the lorry to access the site, even using track mats.

“Unfortunately we are going to have to wait until the ground dries out, which might be for a few months, if the weather continues to be wet.”

However the council plans to make sure any litter is picked up at the site.

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