Row mars unveiling of play area design

A £45,000 children's play area design has been chosen for Worle, despite a row over public consultation. Contractor Wicksteed is set to build the facility at Worle Recreation Ground off the High Street by the Easter school holiday. Over 100 adults and chi

A £45,000 children's play area design has been chosen for Worle, despite a row over public consultation.Contractor Wicksteed is set to build the facility at Worle Recreation Ground off the High Street by the Easter school holiday.Over 100 adults and children voted for their favourite design in August.But G.B Sport & Leisure, in Winterstoke Road, has cried foul, saying it won the popular vote but came third in the selection process.Its design included a slide, climbing frames, a trampoline and birds nest swings and received 37 votes, many of which were from non-Worle residents.But Weston Town Council is sticking to its guns. Cllr Mark Canniford said: "The public weren't ignored. We felt people in Worle probably wouldn't understand that it becomes a problem to maintain paths between play facilities."We had to make a judgment on that and other things like the type of swings chosen."G.B. Sport owner Gary Barber said: "Their decision is totally wrong."Their policy states they would prefer play equipment to be conceived by the local community rather than by committee."The council is setting up a subcommittee to decide whether to review and change its selection policy.Another bidder RSS Playmakers joined the argument. Area manager Peter Davies said it would have won the contract if votes from only Worle residents were taken into account.* Pictured: The winning design for the new children's play area which was voted for by local children and parents.


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