Swings go after kids injured

EQUIPMENT at a village playground in Flax Bourton has been removed after an accident involving two children. The swings at the playground next to the village hall have been taken away after one of the supporting bars broke off and fell on the youngsters.

EQUIPMENT at a village playground in Flax Bourton has been removed after an accident involving two children.The swings at the playground next to the village hall have been taken away after one of the supporting bars broke off and fell on the youngsters.Fortunately they were not seriously injured and suffered only cuts and bruises.A site meeting to discuss the future of the play area is now being held this week between parish councillors, North Somerset Council parks chiefs and play park owners.The play area was built by Persimmon Homes as part of the Farleigh Hospital development and is due to be handed over to the parish council.Flax Bourton Parish Council chairman Caz Hore-Ruthven said: "The parish council was extremely distressed and worried to hear about this accident."The play area still belongs to Persimmon Homes, but the parish council is very keen to take it over and manage it and is currently in negotiations with the developer and North Somerset Council."However a detailed inspection needs to be carried out of the area to make sure it is safe before the council can take it over."We are very concerned about the state of the playground and want to get the matter sorted out as soon as possible."Mrs Hore-Ruthven added the parish council had earmarked £1,000 towards improvements at the play area.She said: "At the moment there are the swings which are broken, a climbing frame and a sprung animal ride on site. We want to improve the facilities by adding toddler swings and other equipment."The play area revamp comes at the same time as the parish council has set up a village enhancement working party.Cash has been set aside to fund improvements in Flax Bourton which could include installing new dog bins, new benches and extra planting in the village.


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